Hundreds of fisheries harbours lacking weather forecast facilities.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 - 13:05

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Fishery unions are stating that a signal system should be established to warn anchored vessels and small ports regarding adverse changes in weather.

 

So far only 19 fishing ports have been supplied such early warning systems.

 

However, the number of anchoring and small ports established in the island is 900.

 

The national convenor of the All Island Common Fisheries Association, Rathna Gamage stated that the fishermen leaving the ports without such an early warning system are in danger at times when the weather changes.

 

The fisheries ministry showed that fishermen not wearing their life jackets contributed to the high number of deaths reported in the recent storm.

 

Our news team further inquired from the national convenor of the All Island Common Fisheries Association, Rathna Gamage regarding this.

 

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It is the idea of the Met department that a special separate institution should be established to warn fishermen.

 

Director of the Met Department S. R. Jayasekara expressed the following views regarding this.

 

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However, in a press conference held recently the deputy minister of fisheries and aquatic resources Sarath Kumara Gamage responded to that.

 

He stated that the fisheries ministry cannot supply information regarding the weather.

 

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