Third Indo-Sri Lanka meet to­day

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The third meet­ing of In­dia– Sri Lanka Joint Work­ing Group (JWG) on fish­eries, es­tab­lished to ad­dress the fish­er­men is­sue is tak­ing place in New Delhi on Fri­day to dis­cuss, among other is­sues, the re­lease of fish­er­men ar­rested by Lankan navy and their boats.

Sources here said the meet­ing of In­dian and Lankan del­e­gates would also dis­cuss the ‘up­keep of the de­tained ves­sels’ in Lankan ports. This as­sumed sig­nif­i­cance as a team of of­fi­cials and fish­er­men, who in­spected the boats, ahead of sal­vaging 42 trawlers, or­dered re­leased by the Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment in Au­gust, ex­pressed con­cern over their con­di­tion.

En­gines of all the trawlers had failed and the fish­er­men had to spend at least ₹8 lakh to re­fur­bish the boats each. Some of the boats had to be dis­man­tled as scrap, the fish­er­men said.

The In­dian del­e­gates, led by Deven­dra Chaudhry, Sec­re­tary, An­i­mal Hus­bandry, Dairy­ing and Fish­eries, and the Lankan side, led by W.M.M.R. Adikari, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources De­vel­op­ment, would also dis­cuss ex­pe­dit­ing tran­si­tion to­wards end­ing the prac­tice of bot­tom trawl­ing in the Palk Bay and co­op­er­a­tion in tuna fish­ing joint projects, the sources said.

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