The government launched a national plan to ensure the safety of fishermen and fishing vessels at sea.
The plan launched under the patronage of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne Thursday mainly aims at ensuring the safety and wellbeing of fishermen and fishing vessels at sea and obtaining the active participation of community based organizations in this regard.
According to the Minister the plan formalizes the national approach to safety at sea in Sri Lanka and creates a strong foundation for activities which were previously taking place on an ad hoc basis while clarifying the responsibilities of relevant organizations.
The Fisheries Department has formulated the national plan with the technical and financial assistance granted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and executed under the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP) funded by Spain.
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry will take the plan forward and coordinate its implementation.
According to the Ministry, the National Plan has been developed with the active collaboration of all major stakeholders, including the National Aquatic Resources and Development Agency (NARA), Ceylon Fisheries Harbors Corporation (CFHC), Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Police, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and all fishing communities themselves.