Fishermen in Ezhuvai-theevu protest against Indian poaching

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 January 2011, 09:49 GMT]
Fishermen in Ezhuvai-theevu island off Jaffna on Tuesday protested against poaching by Indian trawlers in their waters, heavily destroying the sea-resources and the livelihood of local fishermen. All traffic to and from the island was disturbed and the whole island was at standstill as all the residents joined the protest expressing support to the fishermen. Sri Lanka Navy officers from Kayts, who arrived at the site of protest told protestors that the SLN had no instructions to interfere in the matter as it was an issue of diplomatic relations between the Sri Lankan and the Indian states.

A senior lecturer at the University of Jaffna, Dr. Soosai Anandan, on Tuesday said new initiatives were needed for meetings between the fisheries societies of North and East and Tamil Nadu.

The Indian trawlers carrying out a systematic bottom trawling have stepped up their encroachments in a systematic way after the recent defence agreement between Colombo and New Delhi.

Ezhuvai-theevu fisheries society representatives told media that local fishermen were not able to go to the seas. Earlier the Indian trawlers were poaching 3 days in a week, but now they come every day, they said. Fishing nets of local fishermen, worth of several thousands rupees, have been destroyed by the trawlers.

Ezhuvai-theevu is the island that is seen first when coming from the Indian coast to Kayts Harbour.

The Sri Lankan state has banned fishing by trawlers in the Palk Bay with effect from 1 Jan 2011. The local fishermen are entirely dependent of traditional fishing in a limited sea due to militarization by the Sri Lankan Navy.

While an agreement has been reached between the two establishments of Colombo and New Delhi on the security of sea-lanes, as in the past many protocols of it remain a secret. Both the establishments have joint interests in bringing in a wedge between the Tamil fishing communities on either side of the Palk Bay.


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
02.11.21 15:32   Photo
13 ஆம் சட்டத்திருத்தத்தால் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பை எதிர்கொள்ள முடியுமா?
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=33383