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Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne says that the EU and other major fishing countries were recently dealt a blow as they attempted to increase fishing quota in the Indian ocean.

Minister Senarathne told BBC Sandeshaya that the EU, Japan, South Korea and other industrial fishing nations are responsible for destroying the tuna stocks in the Indian Ocean.

“Using helicopters and satellite technology and industrial purse nets not only they capture our fish but also destroy the fish stocks,” he said.

“That is very bad for our programme to preserve fishing stocks.”

Together with 17 other countries Sri Lanka managed to halt their attempts to increase their quota while reducing the quota for Indian Ocean countries, he said.

“Those who publicly campaign for preservation of fish stocks are the ones who destroy it,” the minister said.

The 15 sessions of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) is currently underway in Colombo.
“It was the first time the EU was defeated at the IOTC,” Minister Senaratne added.

“We questioned whether it is our fault, the small countries, or big countries like EU and Japan that destroy the stocks.”

As a result of the protests by the regional countries, he said, the industrial fishing nations agreed not to bring in the quota system for the next few years.

  Comments - 9

  • Wimal_Modawansa Tuesday, 22 March 2011 10:51 AM

    Great achievement under "Mahinda Chinthana."

    NBM Arachchi Tuesday, 22 March 2011 11:11 AM

    Hon.Minister,...Only two questions...Will this help to bring down the fish prices in local market...? if yes, from when...?

    TMA Tuesday, 22 March 2011 11:29 AM

    It's cos we don't hav enough technology. If we do, we'd B worse than EU & Japan

    Common Man Tuesday, 22 March 2011 11:40 AM

    Every action looks fine, but So far no reduction in fish price ?

    vimansa Tuesday, 22 March 2011 11:46 AM

    Typical Sri Lankan question. We can only look at immediate gains for ourselves.

    Conspiracy theorist Tuesday, 22 March 2011 11:56 AM

    Dont be an idiot and portray the EU as an enemy who needs to be 'defeated'. Instead why dont you say this is a victory for global fisheries resources?

    Konde bendapu china Tuesday, 22 March 2011 12:16 PM

    I wonder Dental Doctor knows any thing about Fishing

    Citizen Tuesday, 22 March 2011 01:59 PM

    Really sounds good. Well done!

    Darwin Tuesday, 22 March 2011 03:40 PM

    Totally agree. We need time lines. Our politicians talk of plans with no time lines. The also talk of doing things for the next generation. Generations come and go and nothing happens.

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