Tamil Diplomat

Permission to catch beach de mer in the North with conditions

The Minister of Fisheries has instructed the District Directors of Northern Province to allow catching of Beach de mer in the Northern sea areas as from the 16th.

The Minister has specified that this permission be granted for only skin diving and not for Scuba diving using oxygen cylinders.

Although the catching of beach de mer was allowed country wide, it was temporarily suspended by the Minister of Fisheries in view of the Corona threat.

Commenting on the current situation the Minister said that he had received complaint on banned fishing methods being used and that severe action will be taken on persons engaged in such fishing methods. He further said that a Ministry level discussion will be undertaken between the Ministers of India and Sri Lanka on the problem of transgressing Indian fishermen.