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Probe into unauthorised harvesting of aquatic resources

The Fisheries Ministry will probe the activities of sea cucumber cultivation in the Kilinochchi area. The particular breeding centre is managed and maintained by a foreign company. At a special meeting recently conveyed by Fisheries minister Douglas Devananda it was revealed that the said breeding centre had been approved during the previous Good Governance Government.

The Fisheries Minister said that the Government has been endeavouring to popularize and expand sea cucumber culture mainly in the Northern and the Eastern Provinces. He pointed out that a large number of fishery families earn an additional income from the sea cucumber processing industry, which is aimed at the foreign seafood market.

It is alleged that the former Government has stealthily vested in aquatic resources of fishermen in the North to several companies for exploitation, thus depriving the fishermen of reaping the dividends.

“The Government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is working hard to rectify and correct such erroneous systems with the sole intention of reviving the legitimate rights and privileges of fisheries families,” the Minister emphasised.

He instructed Ministry, NARA and NAQDA officials to submit a report with recommendations to rectify discrepancies and injustices caused by unauthorized enterprises to the fisheries community in the region.

Minister Devananda emphasised that no unauthorized person or organization should be allowed to exploit aquatic resources causing inconveniences to fishermen.

Ministry Secretary Indra Rathnayake, Fisheries Director General Susantha Kahawaththa , NAQDA Chairman Jayantha Wijerathna and Director Nimal Chandrarathne were also present at the meeting.

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