Installation of Vessel Monitoring System is On Going
Fisheries Minister Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera stated that actions will be taken to relieve the ban imposed by the EU for fish exports from Sri Lanka by fulfilling the requirement of the EU by the end of the year.
Minister stated this at the occasion for installation of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) for multiday fishing boats held at the Dikkowita Fisheries Harbour on 27th April 2015.
The Minister further stated that, EU has banned our fish exports and the main reason for this is our fishermen engaging in fishing activities in international waters without sanction. EU has raised number of requirements to be fulfilled by us. Now we have taken action to install the VMS which is main requirement among them.
Actions are also being taken to make aware the fishers regarding the matters to be followed in the high seas fishing and we are expected to take actions against the persons who engage in illegal fishing activities as due to these fishers who engage in illegal fishing the fishers who are engaging in fishing in compliance with the law are facing great difficulties. Always we are seeking to introduce new technologies to our fishers and to protect their lives. Also we hope to provide facilities required to take the fish catch to the land in good quality.
Booklet on Responsible fishing at High Seas
A booklet was published by the Department of Fisheries under the awareness programme on High seas fisheries. Aim of this booklet is to aware the boat owners, skippers, officers and other relevant paties on the technology, requirements, legal conditions and ethics applicable on fishing at international waters. First batch of the booklet is printed on Sinhalese and is been distributed among the target audience. Distribution of the Tamil version will be started from the second week of May 2015.
Booklet is funded by Lanka sea food processors & Exporters Association.
Kalamatiya fisheries harbour construction commenced
The inaugural ceremony for the construction of the kalamatiya Fishery Harbour which had been a request of the fisher folk over a long period of time in the Hambantota District was initiated at 10.30 a.m. on 28th June 2014 Under the patronage of the Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Dr.Rajitha Senaratne.
Monetary provisions were made under the budgetary proposals for the development of this Kalametiya harbor and a cost of Rs. 900 million has been estimated for the construction. The main project office for the construction work was also established at the head office of Cey Nor Foundation.
18th session of IOTC will be held in Sri Lanka
Eighteenth Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization will be held in Colombo from 01st to 05th June 2014. The Meeting is held in Sri Lanka on the initiative of Hon Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development.
This is the second time Sri Lanka is hosting the event, the first being in 2011.
The objective of the Commission is to promote cooperation among its Members with a view to ensuring, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilization of tuna stocks and encouraging sustainable development of fisheries based on them.