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Hon State Minister denounces the forced removal of Beach Seine fishing huts by police

Hon State Minister denounced the incident of police forcibly removing Beach seine fishing huts in Ahungalla, Totawatta beach seine harbour.  The removal had been taken place since the Beach seine hut (Madel wadiya) had not obtained permission for the year 2017. Hon State Minister mentioned that this is a mortal blow to the local fisheries industry since the rights of fishermen have been violated by this incident.

“Beach seine is the most traditional fishing method in the Sri Lankan fisheries industry. This industry has been mainly focused by the Blue Economy programme as a way to induce foreign tourists to our country. So, in a time many a development measures are being taken for the betterment of this industry, it is unfortunate that such incidents happen”

“I have been vested with the powers regarding the Beach seine industry but, I was not informed about this incident.  This issue could have been discussed and resolved and it is disapproving that police power was used to move out the fishermen forcibly”

He also mentioned that he will immediately discuss the problem with the government to make remedies for the affected fishermen. He further explained that developing the fisheries industry would also be beneficial to the improvement of the tourism industry. Thus he emphasized that in future, all the respective parties should take every possible measure to avoid such incidents that could be harmful to the fisheries industry. 

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