SLA re-imposes fishing ban along Northern coastal villages

[TamilNet, Monday, 19 May 2008, 15:50 GMT]
Sri Lanka security forces stopped fishermen from going out to sea Monday after announcing earlier in the week that fishing ban that was instituted three days from Thursday to Saturday will be lifted. The sudden ban further worsenend woes of northern fishermen already reeling from the economic hardships. Fishermen were sent back from the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) checkpoints Monday when they went to present identities before venturing out to sea, Fisheries Union officials said in Point Pedro.

Fishermen from villages from Vadamaraadchi north to Vadamaraadchi east, including Thondamanaaru, Valvettiththu'rai, Polika'ndi, Inparutti, Munai, Katkoava'lam, Ma'natkaadu, and Kudaththanai were affected by the sudden ban, according to Fisheries Union officials.

Residents from Vadamaraadchi said that due to shortage of fish in the market, the prices of fish rose during the week, and shortage further worsened today.

Although general fishing ban is operative across the coastal villages in Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka Security Forces have been allowing fishermen to go out to sea and stay within one mile from the coast using boats without outboard motors. Complete ban on fishing, however, pushes the fisher families to severe economic hardship and destitution, civil society sources said.

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) imposes fishing ban at will, especially when key Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) ships are close to the northern shores, or when merchandize or military equipment gets shipped to Kaankeasanthrai from Trincomalee.

Sudden imposition of fishing ban points to some key SLN activity in the northern seas, informed sources in Jaffna said.


Latest 15 Reports
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
03.10.19 19:16  
Raghavan plans to distribute uncultivatable lands to Tamils to compensate for loss of fertile lands
02.10.19 22:28   Photo
No place for human rights in China’s white paper for future world
01.10.19 18:26  
Genocidal Sri Lanka hits back at UN, claims it passed ‘litmus test’ on human rights in 2019
30.09.19 20:49  
SL military, police, traders, exert pressure on civil authorities in Mannaar to alienate lands
29.09.19 18:19  
No to alternative lands, original lands must be released with compensation, say Tamil activists
Find this article at: