Fisheries Minister urges Indian Foreign Secretary for remedial action

Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda had expressed his displeasure over the illegal fishing of Indian fisherfolks in Sri Lankan waters sabotaging the livelihood of Sri Lankan fishermen and ruining the aquatic resources in Sri Lanka, when he met Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla during his recent official tour in Sri Lanka.

Minister Devananda told India’s Foreign Secretary that a large number of Indian fishing trawlers enter the Sri Lankan waters daily for illegal fishing amidst strong protest of the Sri Lankan authorities.


The Minister said that he had submitted a legal draft to the Indian authorities with a proposal to set up Indian-Sri Lanka Joint Coast Guard to stop the Indian bottom trawling fishing, during his visit to India as a member of the official entourage headed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2020.


Minister Devananda urged the Indian Foreign Secretary to follow up on this proposal, and draw the attention of the Indian Government to settle this longstanding issue.