EU to lift ban on SL fish exports soon

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera

A high ranking delegation from the European Union is slated to arrive in Sri Lanka during October on an inspection tour of the country’s fisheries sector.

Following this visit, the EU is likely to revoke their ban on Sri Lankan fish exports as authorities have already implemented a number of recommendations proposed by the EU in 2014. This was revealed by Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera after assuming duties in his new portfolio yesterday.

He said the delegation will be in Sri Lanka from October 5 to 9.

“All other requirements of the EU which are essential to revoke this ban are to be fulfilled within the next two to three months,” Amaraweera said.

download (2)“Violating the International Maritme Boundary Lines (IMBL) by both Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen is the other issue which we have to resolve. But this is not a new issue. It has happened even in the past. But at present it has become more serious than ever.

It has now become a diplomatic issue between Sri Lanka and India. State governments in India are always making allegations against the Sri Lanka Navy. We do not care about these things and we are dealing with the central government of India,” he said.

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