Sri Lankan fishermen today demanded an end to poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters, over two weeks after talks between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen ended in failure.
Convenor of the National Fisheries Cooperative Movement Anthony Jesudasan said that a petition was also signed against poaching by Indian fishermen and other issues.
A petition signing campaign was held outside the Fort railway station today where the attention was drawn to the issue of poaching, land grab, the resettlement of war displaced families and fuel concessions for fishermen.
Jesudasan said that despite attempts by the Government to end the dispute between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen, the talks aimed at reaching a solution had failed.
Indo-Lanka fishing talks held in Colombo this month ended in failure after Indian fishermen demanded access to Sri Lankan waters to catch fish and wanted to continue bottom trawling for a few more years.
Sri Lankan fishermen associations from the north however refused to agree to the demands saying it would affect their livelihood.