New laws to curb poaching Rs 100m fine and no bail – Amaraweera

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By 2017-10-17

By Skandha Gunasekara

The new Foreign Fishing Vessels Act, which proposes stricter penalties on poachers, has been submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers and would be approved shortly, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Mahinda Amaraweera revealed.

The minister was speaking at a media briefing held at the Ministry Headquarters yesterday.

According to the new Act, harsher penalties would be imposed on foreign vessels illegally entering Lankan waters such as a fine of up to Rs 100 million as well as zero possibility of bail for arrested fishermen.

At present, the new amendment to the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act imposes......a Rs 25,000 fine as well as a two year jail term for fishermen poaching in Lankan waters.

The Minister noted that he had made it clear to his Indian counterpart, Radha Mohan Singh, that Sri Lanka would continue to apprehend Indian fishermen who stray into Lankan waters as well as confiscating their vessels.




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