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Indian boats to be released on conditional basis

The Government says some Indian boats will be released on a conditional basis.Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that local fishermen had agreed to requests to release Indian boats. He said that so far no Indian boat has been freed but since local fishermen have no objections, some boats will be freed under some conditions. He said that Sri Lanka will continue to have talks with India to resolve the fishing issue. He said that bottom trawling by Indian fishermen has had a negative impact on fishermen in the North.Amaraweera said that following talks with the Indian Government, India has taken steps to discourage bottom trawling by Indian fishermen. The Minister said that the Government has been very firm on taking action against poaching in Sri Lankan waters. read more