Mahinda to discuss fishermen’s concerns with Modi - The Hindu - 26-09-2020
Sri Lankan Prime Minister has promised Sri Lanka’s northern fisher leaders that he would take up their concern over “trespassing Indian trawlers” with the Indian Prime Minister.
India Sri Lanka Fishermen Issue:
The arrest of Indian fishermen on the Sri Lankan side of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the Palk Straits and the Gulf of Mannar by Sri Lankan authorities has been a long-standing problem, with the Sri Lankan Navy firing on Indian fishing vessels.
The catch on the Sri Lankan side is better both in terms of quality (high-value prawns) and quantity.
The issue started because Indian fishermen use mechanised trawlers, which deprived the Sri Lankan fishermen (including Tamils) of their catch and damaged their fishing boats.
The Sri Lankan government wants India to ban the use of mechanized trawlers in the Palk Strait region, and negotiations on this subject are undergoing.
So far, no concrete agreement has been reached since India favours regulating these trawlers instead of banning them altogether.