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Issue No:57
  • :0973–1121
  • :November
  • :2010
  • :English

Then the fish came alive, with his death in him, and rose high out of the water showing all his great length and width and all his power and his beauty. He seemed to hang in the air above the old man in the skiff. Then he fell into the water with a crash that sent spray over the old man and over all of the skiff.

—from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest  Hemingway


Trawl Brawl

Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen have evolved a formula for co-existence in the Palk Bay, which has long been the arena of conflicts over transborder fishing

This article is by V Vivekanandan (, Adviser, South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS), and Member, ICSF

Stop trawling within one year. This was the ultimatum that fishermen from the Northern Province of Sri Lanka gave their counterparts in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu, when representatives from both countries met in Chennai during 22 - 24 August 2010 to evolve a formula that would enable them to fish together peaceably in the Palk Bay and Palk Straits.

In an ‘agreement’, the Indian fishermen consented—albeit reluctantly—to this one-year deadline and also to the following restrictions until trawling is finally stopped in the Palk Bay: (i) reduction of fishing days to twice a week, with an overall cap of 70 days in a year; (ii) maintaining a distance of three nautical miles from the Sri Lankan shore to avoid destruction of small fishing nets and corals; (iii) reduction of fishing time in Sri Lankan waters to 12 hours per trip; and (iv) establishing a monitoring and enforcement system on the Indian side that will punish...



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