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India and Sri Lanka: Northern fishermen seek India’s action over disputes October 15,2021   |  Source: Daily FT

Sri Lanka’s northern fishermen want authorities in India and Sri Lanka to urgently step-up action to resolve the long-persisting conflict in the Palk Strait, fearing tensions with Indian fishermen could escalate. In a letter submitted at the Indian Consulate in Jaffna last week, the Federation of Jaffna District Fishermen’s Cooperative Society Unions pointed to the perils of bottom-trawling and pair-trawling fishing methods – commonly used by Tamil Nadu fishermen – resulting in a drastically smaller catch and frequent damage to their modest fishing gear. “We are very worried that despite discussing this problem for more than 10 years now, there has been no forward movement or a solution until now. Indian fishermen crossing the maritime boundary and fishing in our waters has resulted in huge losses amounting several crores to our fishermen,” said the letter dated 10 October.

The fisher associations have also sought compensation from Indian authorities to cope with the financial losses. Having braved the civil war, the displacement and dispossession that came with it, the northern fishermen have been struggling to rebuild their livelihoods post-war. However, the ongoing conflict with Indian fishermen – mostly from Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram and Nagapattinam

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