Fisheries industry to be modernised with lifting of ban

fishermen1The fisheries industry is to be modernised with the formal lifting of the ban by the European Union on fisheries products from Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Norwegian assistance has been sought to modernise the fisheries industry.

The Prime Minister appreciated the role played by the Foreign Ministry, Fisheries Ministry and others to lift the ban on fisheries products from Sri Lanka to the EU.

The European Commission yesterday formally lifted the ban on fisheries products from Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister said that the fishermen must now begin exporting fisheries products to EU countries.

In April the European Commission said that after a lengthy dialogue process Sri Lanka has successfully reformed its fisheries governance system.

Sri Lanka was issued with a yellow card in 2012 and listed by the Council in February 2015. This was the result of a long standing failure to address serious shortcomings in the implementation of control measures, a lack of deterrent sanctions, as well as the failure to comply with international and regional fisheries rules.

Sri Lanka has subsequently amended its legal framework, strengthened sanctions and improved its fleet control. (Colombo Gazette)