1600 vessels refrain from fishing activities

Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 19:15

The fishermen from Chilaw and Wennappuwa refrained from venturing into the sea today, in support of the Satyagraha campaign staged by fishermen in Negombo and Kalpitiya.

Fishermen in Negombo staged a protest against sand mining in shallow seas for the construction of Colombo Port city, while the fishermen in Kalpitiya staged a protest against the use of illegal fishing nets called Laila and Surukku.

According to our correspondents, 1300 fishing vessels in Chilaw and 300 fishing vessels in Wennappouwa refrained from venturing into sea today in support of these protests.

It was reported that fishermen of Chilaw convened a meeting near the town’s main fish market and later staged a protest on a bridge near the lagoon.