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Fishermen in Trincomalee threatened by illegal fishing practices

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Mangalanath Liyanarachchi-Trincomalee

The fishermen in Trincomalee complain that they face immense difficulties due to illegal fishing practices and violation of regulations by some fishermen in the area.

As the fishermen community point out these mishaps occur as the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Police have failed to perform their duties. They further state that irrespective of a number of complaints so far no action is being taken by the authorities.

Although the authorities claim that illegal equipment are confiscated, the fishermen community says that those equipment are released to the owners later.

When the fishermen in the area filed a Right to information application it was learned that the officials have taken steps to expedite the proceedings and investigations. During the recent past, around 400 investigations conducted. Also, there is a drastic reduction in the usage of prohibited after the filing of RTI.

 

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