Written By NAFSO on Monday, December 04, 2017 | 4:50:00 PM
Fishers in Gall conducted protest demonstration on 24ht Friday 2017, against destructive light luring fishing which is illegal in SL waters. NAFSO fighting against destructive fishing practices for more than decade now and the southern fishers were forefront of the struggle.
Whether the government has regulate the fishing nets through act no 02 of 1996 and some previous acts the inactive implementation process and lack of political will, fishers with financial back and political help tend to use these highly destructive fishing gears without concerning sustainability of the resources.
After the demonstration in-front of divisional secretariat office of Balapitiya, several representatives from the organizing committee and fishers visited district fisheries office in Galle and submitted a letter to DFO after a short discussion. During the discussion, DFO has requested little time and promised to take action within 4 days. "We have some issues, as we do not have enough resources such as trained officers to go to sea and crafts for immediate actions" he has produced some reasons as usual.
within days officers from SL Navy have visited Ambalangoda fisheries harbor and warn fishers if they caught with illegal/destructive fishing gears take in to custody and confiscated the equipments.
Banning of new anchovy encircling nets developed by fishers were also among the demands of protesters.
Let us Ensure Economic Social and Political Rights as Fundamental rights Through the New Constitution
Written By NAFSO on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 9:52:00 PM
National Fisheries Solidarity Conducted an Event on 28th of November to commemorate world fisheries day for the consecutive 21 time. The event was organized by the Mannar district fisheries solidarity (DIFSO-Mannar), the NAFSOs partner organization in Mannar. Fisher and farmer communities, civil society members, Religious community leaders, local political leaders, government officials participated. Nothern province fisheries minister Mr K. sivanation participated as the chief guest representing northern province chief minister.
A demonstration was held prior to the main event with hundreds of participants from 15 districts around the country. People voiced-out their demands which included "Stop land and ocean grabbing", "Resettle displaced people", "Ensure sustainable fisheries", "stop port city project" and "ensure ESC rights of the people" etc.
Mr Sahan Isanka from Matara district, Fisheries minister of Northern provincial council, Women affairs minister of Northern provincial council, Mrs Anandi Sasidaran, NAFSOs national convenor, Mr Herman Kumara, Mrs Nlumka Weerakkodi from Galle district, Mrs Kolistinmary from Kilinochchi district, Sajeewa Chamikara representing Peoples Alliance for Land Rights (PARL), N.M. Aalam representing Nothern Province Fisher Peoples Unity and Loyal Pieris representing the National Fisher Union delivered speeches.