Sunday, 14 September 2014 - 13:03
Indian Fishermen refuse to remove trawlers from the palk strait
A Tamil Nadu fisherman’s body, which was washed ashore in Delft Island in Northern Sri Lanka, has been identified as that of Gnana-prakasam in Rama-natha-puram, India.
The body was identified by the AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol tattooed on the leg.
Three Tamil Nadu fishermen, who had gone fishing on August 25, had not returned and were reported lost on September 6.
Indian officials said that the body was taken to a mortuary in Jaffna but burial would have to await instructions from the Tamil Nadu government.
Meanwhile, Indian fishermen say that they have been using the bottom-trawling method for more than four decades, and they can’t be asked to abandon it overnight.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently stated that Indian Trawlers were causing grave harm to the local marine environment.
A fishing union leader in India stated that if the fishermen of Rama-natha-puram and Pudu-kottai districts were to be asked to stop bottom-trawling, they would have to give up fishing as no alternative method is immediately available.