Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has granted a donation of Rs.36.45 million (UAD 243,000) to the Fisheries Ministry for the implementation of one – year awareness raising programme on international law in preventing Illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries among Sri Lankan fishers and related stakeholders.
FAO accepting an invitation made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera has decided to initiate the training and awareness raising programme regarding the measures to be taken in preventing IUU fishing with a view to establishing long term responsible fisheries culture in the fisheries sector of Sri Lanka.
The first session of this series of programmes was commenced on 28th Sep at the Galle Face hotel under the patronage of Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development. The event was graced by the distinguished participation of the FAO representative to Sri Lanka Mrs. Nina Brandstrup and the Secretary to the Ministry of Fisheries Mrs. Mangalika Adikari.
Hon. Minister expressing his views mentioned that “the custom of consuming legally harvested fish should be established in the country. Likewise all the other responsible parties, Sri Lanka should also act to deter illegal fishing. We need to gradually change the prevailing system of catching and selling any fish and consuming any kind of fish.
Contribution of FAO in this programme is a huge benefit to Sri Lanka. Thus, during the year of implementation Sri Lankan fishers and all relevant parties require to be made aware to the hilt regarding IUU fishing in order to establish a responsible fisheries culture.”
FAO representation to Sri Lanka Mrs. Nina Brandstrup stated that EU acts to prevent illegal fishing by issuing red and yellow cards. FAO will extend every possible support to Sri Lanka in executing fishing activities legally and complied with the internationally accepted standards, she also said.
Following the inception workshop, the first training programme on Law of the Sea was conducted at the Auditorium of the Ministry of Fisheries. Representatives of the all relevant organizations who are imposing the legal and management procedures on Responsible fisheries in Sri Lanka were participated. Two Important sessions were carried out by LEGN legal officer of FAO Mr. Pio Mannon focused on Law of the Sea and the history of developing the law of the sea convention. All participants were provided with a certificate sign by the Secretary of MFARD and FAO representation to Sri Lanka