Jaffna fishing production increases amid poaching, security restriction
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 21 July 2004, 19:13 GMT]
Jaffna district last year recorded a fish production of about
21,206 metric tones amid poaching and restrictions imposed by the
Sri Lanka security forces on fishing by local population. Currently about
14,515 fishermen from 14,780 families are engaged in fishing in the
peninsula, fisheries sources said.
Fish production in Jaffna district in 1983 was about
48,677 metric tons. However, the production went down to 2,671 metric tones
from 1991 to 2001, fisheries sources said.
Since the signing of the ceasefire agreement by the Government of Sri Lanka
(GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2002, fish production has slowly risen and now stands at about 21,206 tons which is only
half of the production recorded twenty years ago in Jaffna district before
the war broke out, fisheries sources said.