Devananda discusses strategy with Navy

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Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda yesterday (8) met a group of top ranking Navy officials, at his Ministry in Maligawatta, to discuss the possibilities of completely stopping Indian fishermen from entering Sri Lankan waters.

He added that he is content with the Navy’s measures to stop Indian fishermen poaching off the Northern coast and also asked for more patrols and necessary action to completely stop poaching in Sri Lanka’s territorial waters.

The Navy officers pointed out that there are obstacles when combating illegal fishery activities and that poachers can be countered if the Fisheries Department supports their efforts.

Taking this into account, Devananda approved a joint operation with the Fisheries Department and the Navy.

Ministry Secretary Indu Ratnayake and Director General of Fisheries Department Susantha Kahawatta were present at the discussion.

By Naalir Jamaldeen