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EU lifts fish ban on Sri Lanka

21 April 2016 04:04 pm - 18     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The European Commission (EC) today announced that the fish ban imposed on Sri Lanka in 2015 by the European Union (EU) was lifted after a lengthy dialogue process.

“Sri Lanka has now successfully reformed its fisheries governance system. The country was issued with a yellow card in 2012 and been listed by the Council in February 2015. By today it has amended its legal framework, strengthened sanctions and improved its fleet control,” a press release published on the Commission’s website said.

It said Sri Lanka joins the growing list of countries (Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Korea, the Philippines, Fiji, Belize, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu) that have reformed their systems, following a warning by the EU on illegal fishing.

EU had also warned Kiribati, Sierra Leone and Trinidad & Tobago with yellow cards as they risk being uncooperative in the fight against illegal fishing.

  Comments - 18

  • Leo Friday, 22 April 2016 10:06 AM

    Its because idiots like cheers that a war came into being in this country. via DM Android App

    jack sparrow Friday, 22 April 2016 10:07 AM

    Bravo!! great work by fisheries minister!! held his ground despite of the various obstacles thrown at him by the MR gang who tried to sabotage the ban of using illegal fishing equipments.

    Unchikun Thursday, 21 April 2016 04:13 PM

    Hurrah! At last some good news for the ordinary citizens of Sri Lanka.

    Narayan Thursday, 21 April 2016 04:50 PM

    We asume this is true, not like other yahapalanaclaims

    Robin Friday, 22 April 2016 12:46 PM

    This is the result from good government.

    sss Thursday, 21 April 2016 05:20 PM

    specially good for rupee rich who can afford high prices of proteins rich food and the dollars it bring the rupee rich can use for importing luxuries

    Jagath Leanage Thursday, 21 April 2016 05:26 PM

    Great news. Exchange rates will come down?

    Chinnaa Thursday, 21 April 2016 06:57 PM

    Indeed a good progress. Congratulations via DM Android App

    karu Thursday, 21 April 2016 07:10 PM

    Can we reform the proposed Tax reforms now. via DM Android App

    Sharon Friday, 22 April 2016 02:47 PM

    Of course. The President promised something. But he might have to look at the news paper to see what he had said...

    Aba Jayasekera Thursday, 21 April 2016 07:55 PM

    This is certainly good news but we must not read too much into this. There are other matters to be attended to lije GSP

    Amir Thursday, 21 April 2016 08:33 PM

    It is indeed a good news for the country and the fishermen. I am sure MS and RW will reform this country. Yes, we have some big problems and I am confident with these 2 gentlemen. Delighted about the latest news.

    vithura Thursday, 21 April 2016 09:25 PM

    Lesson - MR style will not be tolerated by the civilised world.Ranil and Maithri must ensure the dark old days do not return, if the country is to prosper.

    lalith Friday, 22 April 2016 04:59 PM

    MS promised international investigation to catch the criminals and south and west to there followers. happy now.

    Cheers Friday, 22 April 2016 01:43 AM

    In return did You promise international war investigation or a part of north and east to the Tamil diaspora

    Welldone Friday, 22 April 2016 02:53 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS !!!!Indeed, its a good news for the Country as well as for the Fishing community. We can now earn some more foreign exchange to uplift the lives of people but NOT to buy Luxury Vehicles to Ministers.

    sss Friday, 22 April 2016 05:48 AM

    This will further increase the acute protein malnutrition in sri lanka as prices of fish which is already beyond the average person will further go up

    Wele Vidane Friday, 22 April 2016 05:54 AM

    DM we don't expect old news from you. Few days before we read this.

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