Indian Defence Minister to take up Sri Lankan ‘fisheries act’ with Foreign Ministry

Updated: 04:46 GMT, Jan 28, 2018 | Published: 04:23 GMT, Jan 27, 2018 |
Nirmala Sitharaman addresses press

Indian defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, on Friday (January 26) assured, while addressing a news conference in India’s southern Chennai city, that she would take up the issue of Sri Lanka amending the ‘fisheries act’ with the Indian Foreign Ministry.

According to the latest amendment in the act by the Srilankan government, foreign boats that illegally or by mistake enter its waters, will be served with a hefty fine.

The amendment draft was produced in the Sri Lankan Parliament on Wednesday (January 24), according to media reports.

It is a shear conspiracy by the both countries. The Parliament of neither nation has given any consent on this so called ‘international boundary line’, said the President of Tamil Nadu Sea Workers Association, S Muruganantham.

India shares an expansive oceanic border with Sri Lanka without any clear demarcation and fishermen on both sides ignore rules while netting their catch. Columbo has long fumed over poaching and illegal fishing by Indian fishermen that it says depletes the catch of its own.

The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea states that fishermen who cross territorial waters can be warned and fined but not arrested.

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