India Goes Deep sea to Avoid Conflict With Sri Lanka


Tamil Nadu Principal Highways Secretary Niranjan Mardi, who is the monitoring officer for the district, has suggested that the fisheries department could encourage mechanised boat fishermen of this region to take up tuna long liner deep sea fishing to avoid conflict with the Sri Lankan navy in the long run.

Mr Mardi, who held a review meeting with District Collector K. Nanthakumar and heads of various departments at the Collectorate on Friday, made the suggestion in the backdrop of the arrest of 53 fishermen and seizure of nine of their boats by the Sri Lankan navy.

Sources in the fisheries department, however, said both mechanised and country boat fishermen have not responded favourably to the proposal of tuna long liner fishing, though the State government has offered a subsidy of Rs 5 lakh for the purpose of converting their vessels for deep sea fishing.

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