Increasing number of Sinhala fishermen from Moratuwa, Negombo, Chilaapam (Chilaw) and Puththa’lam are being brought to Koa’ra’laip-pattu North (Vaakarai) DS division in Batticaloa by the occupying Sri Lankan military, complain Tamil fishermen from Vakkarai division. The intruding fishermen are being provided military protection at several coastal pockets.
The SL military has seized all the significant coastal fishing hamlets in Vaakarai since the end of war in Batticaloa in 2007.
The illegal fishing methods deployed by the Southern fishermen have also affected the fishing resources within the last 5 years.
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