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Fish yield in the North increases five-fold

Jul 8, 2011 12:25:24 PM - itnnews.lk

The fish yield obtained from the Northern Sea increases five fold within two years.

The monthly yield obtained in the year 2009 was in the region of 465 metric tons. It has now risen to 2,320 metric tons. The liberation of the sea zone from the terrorists and the upgrading of facilities for fishing had made a direct contribution to this growth. Another reason attributed to this immense growth is the lifting of restrictions imposed on fishermen and the granting of opportunities for fishing in the Nagarkovil, Wadamarachchi and Maadagal East sea belt.

The number of fisher families earning their living from the Northern Sea is around 20,000 while about 15,000 indirect jobs have been generated. With the reopening of A-9 Highway facilities had been provided for the transport of the fish yield to the market. 17 multi-day trawlers with engine capacity of over 30 horsepower and 2,722 mechanical boats have been deployed for fishing in the Northern sea. In addition small boats are also being used. The Government has provided the required wherewithal including fishing trawlers and nets at concessionary rates. An appropriate percentage of the country’s fish requirement comes from the Northern fishermen.