They warned that some fishermen were using illegal seine nets and explosives to fish in the Pulmudai, Neelaweli, Kinniya and Trincomalee sea areas and due to this illegal fishing activities, a large number of small fish are dying.
Those using illegal fishing gear and engaging in illegal fishing activities have been attacking the small scale fishermen and due to these attacks recently two fishermen went missing and several others sustained injuries. If these illegal activities are allowed to continue, the small scale fishing industry could be affected, said the President of the United Fisheries Federation Piyal Hemasiri.
The use of night lamps and seine nets was banned on January 19, 1987 through the special Gazette notification 437/46 and the Deputy Director of the Marine Resources Development Department Assistant Director (Trincomalee) E.M.C. Boyagoda said a special operation with the assistance of the Navy and Police was underway to arrest those engaged in such illegal fishing activities.
He said that during the past six months 84 cases had been filed against 324 fishermen who had engaged in illegal fishing activities using banned fishing gear. The authorities had also confiscated around 15 seine nets that had been used illegally violating their permit regulations.
Pics by Lakmal K. Baduge – Trincomalee Corr.