Ma-del fishing has been a popular practice in the region for decades.
However, illegal methods locally known as 'Laila, Surukku and Dyna' which have now become a major threat to their livelihood.
Although a single catch would yield 2,000kg of fish in the past, they say it is now difficult to even obtain a catch weighing 100kg.
The collapse of local and international fish markets due to the Covid-19 epidemic is another reason for the decline in fish demand, they say.
(Pics : Priyankara Kalupahana - Puttalam corr.)