Mannar Bishop to take up poaching crisis with TN

2013-10-11 15:13:01

Mannar Bishop the Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph said he intended making representation to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram and DMK Leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi with regard to poaching by Indian fishermen and that he would demand immediate action be taken against them.

“This has nothing to do with politics. It is a humanitarian issue which needs to be resolved. Indian boats come as close as 500 meters from the coastline and they come in their thousands. On the days these boats come our people do not go fishing because they are frightened of doing so,” the Bishop told Daily Mirror.

He said the Sri Lankan fishermen have taken a defiant stand against poaching by the Indians but to no avail.

“Our fishermen have done all they can to urge the government to take action against this blatant robbery of their livelihood. They have held protests by placing the boats on the road and various other means but nothing has happened so far,” he said and added that he had raised this matter on numerous occasions at the Bishops Conference.

Bishop Joseph said the issue getting out of control with the fishermen finding it extremely difficult to even cover the cost of fuel for their outboard motors because of the depleted catch of fish.

“These boats can be spotted in the evening from the coast because they come so close to the shore. The use of bottom trawling by Indian fishermen has resulted in the entire sea bed being destroyed. Our fishermen do not engage in such illegal activities because they are not industrialized. They often return empty handed,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz & Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 26

  • Dominic Friday, 11 October 2013 16:11

    All these days you remained silent because they were supporting your pet projects. Anyway better late than never.

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    Saskia Friday, 11 October 2013 16:41

    I agree with your point about the way of fishing by Indian fishermen. But, where were you when southern fishermen came to Mulaithivu for fishing?

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    Chandana Saturday, 12 October 2013 00:33


    How can you divide southern fisherman and Northern fishermen as both are in the same country. Indian fishermen issue is something else which you cannot compare. It is not only a robbery of our livelihood But also violating our sovereignty. Don't make separatists comments as LTTE era has gone now.

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    kp Saturday, 12 October 2013 01:32

    mmm ...... (0_0)
    southern fishermen can come to anyplace in sri lanka same as jaffna people can go anywhere in sri lanka.
    do you think southern fishermen need to get visa to come to
    Mulaithivu mmmmm
    Indian fishermen cant come because its a different country

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    Neloufer Saturday, 12 October 2013 02:09

    What is the difference between Southern fishermen and their Northern counterparts? Sri Lankan fishermen can fish wherever they want. There is nothing stopping Northern fishermen fishing in the south. The sea belongs to ALL and not to a faction. Dont show how racist you are. Our quarrel is with India and not with each other. At least now, get it right.

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    Lokkal Saturday, 12 October 2013 02:18

    Will you Saskia, pl clarify what you mean by 'southern' fishermen?

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    Rod Saturday, 12 October 2013 02:19

    Southern fishermen are also Sri Lankans

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    Lokkal Saturday, 12 October 2013 02:19

    Now the ball is in Jayalalitha's court. Will see what happens next.

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    P.R. Saturday, 12 October 2013 07:39

    Perhaps Saskia meant Sri Lankan fisherman..there are no Northern or Southern fisherman in this country but only Sri Lankan fisherman. I am certain he has unwittingly made a mistake. Right Saskia?

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    Shashika Tuesday, 15 October 2013 03:24

    R u an Indian or Sri Lankan, please clarify,,, cos there are no surthern fisherman or Northern fishermen here in Sri lanka... U ask for the reason to stay quite ,, right??? cos he couldnt identify any difference between sri lankan fishermens but indians..

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    Lionel Saturday, 12 October 2013 05:55

    How Millions are required for this work from overseas donors ?

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    belowmiddleclass Saturday, 12 October 2013 06:50

    I cannot afford to buy fish anyway. I will depend on the Indian haalmassa!

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    rama Saturday, 12 October 2013 16:17

    i too

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    dalu banda Saturday, 12 October 2013 07:09

    The first time, Bishop taking Sri Lanka side

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    Rod Sunday, 13 October 2013 14:05

    And we must watch him for his bona fide

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    soori Monday, 14 October 2013 04:06

    Bishop is taking the side of people who are suffering.

    Reply : 1       1

    ShanW Saturday, 12 October 2013 08:08

    Looks like the trash talking Shaskia has been exposed for her low mentality.

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    ram Saturday, 12 October 2013 08:29

    The Bishop has found something worthwhile to do for his flock.,instead of batting for the LTTE.
    As has been observed by others this problem did NOT occur while the war was against the LTTE terrorists was on-going. The TamilNadu political interference within Sri Lanka needs to be stopped

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    Asoka Saturday, 12 October 2013 10:13

    This Bishop last 30 years supporter of the LTTE. Now , no LTTE that's why he can speak same as Indian News Papers and Media, after killing of Parsi EX-Prime Minister Rajivi Gandhi Indian media and news papers went silent. This Bishop heavily funded to LTTE also and this is well known secret also.

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    Sumathy m Saturday, 12 October 2013 13:09

    Well said Asoka.When the Tigers were involved in killing their own brothers and sisters and forced the people to move to Vanni,our rev. remained silent.Once he said that the Tiger's flag is Tamils flag.By getting involved in the Tamil nationalistic politics he has lost his credibility.Shame on him.

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    Jay Ran Saturday, 12 October 2013 13:29

    Atlat Rayappu has realised what the TN CM intends,that is to create disunity among Sri Lankans.

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    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 12 October 2013 13:47

    We have to agree with Asoka's comments

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    siva Saturday, 12 October 2013 14:00

    this is plunder india purposely let their people to break international law. When JR asked Indira to stop demonstrations she said how can I stop people walking in india, this spineless indian government doing this shameless thing to teach srilankan govt. but actually they putting srilankan Tamil fisherman from pot to hearth

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    sss Saturday, 12 October 2013 14:11

    TNA silence is deafening

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    dr ceylon Sunday, 13 October 2013 07:31

    without doing polical work,better the bishop do religious works.

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    hari Monday, 14 October 2013 04:04

    speaking for the neglected and suffering is the mission of a Bishop and a priest. Bringing Justice is the necessary work that Christian Bishops and priests are supposed to do.

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