12/27/2009

Withdrawal of Colombo sea high security zone praised by fisher community


(December 27, Colombo - Lanka Polity) Sri Lanka government has taken steps to withdraw the high security zone in Colombo sea that stretched from Wellawaththa from south of Colombo harbor to Pamunuwa in north. All Lanka Fisher Community Trade Union secrtary M. Vijendra says that the fisher community appreciates the government step that relieved them.

Thousands of small-scale fishermen had lost jobs due to this high security zone, Vijendra said. They included fresh water fishermen of Beira Lake of Colombo city. Now the fishermen can engage in the industry in shallow waters around Colombo harbor except near the two entrances of the harbor.

The sea around Colombo harbor is rich with food for fish and yields good harvest, fishermen say.

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