A new fisheries harbour cum fish market together with a fishing service centre complex has been opened at Batticaloa under the Government's fishing sector development initiatives.
The Government invested Rs 430 million for this project with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank.
According to Batticaloa Fisheries Harbour manager S. S. Hettige, the fisheries harbour provides fishermen and fish traders with various services, including, boat berthing facilities, provide information, supply fuel and water for fishing boats and provide fish marketing facilities. This is managed by the Ceylon Fisheries Harbours Corporation.
He said around 25,000 people who engage in fishing related activities as boat owners, fishermen, fishing net manufacturers, fish vendors etc are benefited by this fisheries harbour complex. The fisheries harbour consists of a fish market where fishermen can sell their fish yield directly to the fish vendors without the mediation of a third party, he said.
Around 200,000 kilogrammes of fish is sold through the fish market per month, Hettige said.
The harbours fuel filling station has sufficient storage capacity with two 72,000 litre tanks. An ice making plant is being constructed at the harbour premises. The ice plant will be commissioned by October. Besides, a boat repairing yard is also being constructed at the harbour site aiming to provide services to 400 single day and multi - day fishing boats.