Snakehead Fishing Ban Lifted in Batti
BY Naalir Jamaldeen
Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has taken steps to lift the ban on harvesting snakehead fish in the Batticaloa District and permitted fishers to engage in snakehead fishing. Minister Devananda said the ban on harvesting snakehead fish had severely impacted thousands of fishers in the Batticaloa District and many have lost their source of income as a result.
The Fisheries Minister added that after the fishermen brought the issue to his attention, he discussed it with the relevant officials and took steps to permit the fishermen to engage in harvesting snakehead fish. Fishermen in the Batticaloa District are permitted to engage in snakehead fishing, given that the fishing ban should not be imposed in such a way that underprivileged fishermen are harmed, Devananda said.