The project’s immediate goal is “to find some kind of solution to this trawler problem which will give more breathing space to the small Sri Lankan fishermen”. “In a sense, this is a pilot for trying to move forward in a very difficult context,” he said. “We are talking about a trans-boundary issue, which brings in foreign affairs, security and defence.”
Damage to the ecosystem is an urgent concern. A recent study in Spain has shown that trawling has significantly levelled the seabed, changing the marine environment with detrimental consequences for fish stocks.