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Laila and Surukku purse seines which had been using for 32 years by Sri Lankan fishers were fully banned from 21st February
A research conducted by NARA has proved the fact that the total fish population of Sri Lankan waters is decreasing in an alarming rate due to the illegal fishing methods carried out in sea areas around the island. The researches have proved that this situation was caused by the use of purse seines namely Laila and Surukku.

The discussions were held concerning these banned fishing methods between Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and the representatives from Fishing Unions.  Accordingly, it was decided to ban completely the use of illicit fishing methods with effect from 21.02.2016.

Accordingly, a new method of using nets was introduced from 21st of February. The seine should not exceed a length of 225m and the mesh size should be 2½inches. The height of the seine should not be more than 25m and it should be with a creel.

Similarly, the number of boats to be used in fishing shall be 1 and the use of oxygen tanks is also prohibited. However, in terms of the circular issued by the Ministry, a concessionary period was granted to the fishers till 21.02.2016 to use the prevailing fishing methods till they make required adjustments to their nets.

The Hon. Minister informed the Sri Lankan Navy and the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to take strict actions against the fishers using the banned fishing nets and they were ordered to confiscate their fishing gears and fishing boats.

Hon. Minister requested the fisher community to cooperate with the new procedure which aims the prudent and economical use of fish resource ensuring the right of the future generation to a prosperous fish resource.  



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