The Sunday Leader

EU Fishing Ban To Hit Lanka

By Waruni Karunarathne

Sri Lanka will have no choice but to face the fishing ban by the European Union which will take effect from January 15.

Fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathne said that the government is ready to face the ban and accused former Fisheries Minister Rajith Senaratne of mishandling the matter which led to the EU to impose a ban on Sri Lankan fisheries imports.

Minister Gunarathe said that the Fisheries Ministry has taken the necessary steps to protect the fishing industry. “We have a mechanism in place to protect the industry and the fishermen. The ministry will buy all the fishery products and 12 Russian companies have agreed to buy those fishery products from us,” he assured.

He added that the country will not have to depend on the EU anymore and it has an alternative plan to uplift the industry.

He also said that all the EU concerns have been addressed and the ministry expects EU to lift the ban when they review the progress next time. The European Commission issued a red card three months back warning of a ban on imports of fishery products from Sri Lanka, claiming that the country was not complying with international rules on illegal fishing and had inadequate control systems.

If Sri Lanka did not take necessary measures, the EU had proposed a ban on fishing products caught by Sri Lankan flag vessels which will come into effect next week.

 

2 Comments for “EU Fishing Ban To Hit Lanka”

  1. thakaram

    Well EU’s decision depends on the outcome of the election. EU playing the silly game here.

  2. Raja

    This should go into Rajitha Senaratne’s resume. He was a man who could not resolve the illegal fishing issue by Indian fishermen.

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