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Sunday, 06 July 2014 - 13:32
India seeks licence to fish around Kachchativu
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Twenty Indian fishermen found poaching in Sri Lankan waters had been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the seas off Talaimannar last night.

Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said four fishing vessels had also been seized along with the fishermen and they had violated the International Maritime Boundary Line and were using the illegal method of bottom trawling.

He said the fishermen together with their trawlers would be handed over to the fisheries authorities in Talaimannar for legal action.

Meanwhile, to find a permanent solution the Indian government is discussing various measures.

According to officials, the new Indian Government is likely to ask Sri Lanka to give rights to Indian fishermen to fish around Kachchativu Island by issuing commercial licences to them on the payment of a fee.

In 1974, Kachchathuv was ceded to Sri Lanka through the India-Sri Lanka agreement.

Indians are now allowed to visit the island but are not permitted to do fishing.

When inquired about this from deputy fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathna, he stated that it is a proposal put forward according to the requirements of Jayalalitha.
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