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Indian fishermen's intrusion affect Jaffna fishermen's Livelihood: Saravanapavan

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Tamil National Alliance Jaffna District ParIiamentarian E. Saravanapavan has charged that the government has failed to take appropriate measures to prevent the Indian fishermen from poaching in Sri Lankan waters. This phenomenon has caused irreparable harm to the fishermen from the north.

Addressing the House on the Budget debate, he stated that there are 20090 fishing families directly employed in the Jaffna district. 10.3 percent of the Jaffna population is engaged in the fishing industry. 6,516 trawlers go to sea for fishing purposes. In the year 1983, Jaffna contributed to one third of fish production in the island. Fishing flourished in the coastal areas of Jaffna. But, the war and the harassment by the navy affected the Jaffna fishing industry.

He went on that now, when the Jaffna fishermen are striving to progress and develop their fishing activities, the Indian fishermen's fishing in Lankan territorial waters pose a serious threat to their livelihood. The resources of our seas are exploited by the Indian fishermen.

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