Workshop on ‘Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing’ held in Trincomalee

A workshop organized by United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization on ‘Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing’ for the judges and officers of the Attorney General's Department was held at the Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Auditorium at the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee on 24 March 2018. The event was graced by Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle, as the Chief Guest.

The programme was attended by a Supreme Court judge, a Court of Appeal judge, female judges, judges from Judges’ Institute of Sri Lanka, Attorney General's Department, Fisheries and NARA. Apart from that, Dr. Pio Manoa, legal officer from the Legal Office of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization based in Rome and Ms Zoe Scanlon, Senior Legal Adviser in the Office of International Law of the Australian Government were also in attendance.

During the workshop, a comprehensive presentation was conducted by Captain Sea Training, Captain Pradeep Rathnayake on Sri Lanka's perspective on IUU Fishing focusing on destructive bottom trawling. Thereafter, the team went out to sea onboard SLNS Ranarisi to get the first-hand experience as to how SLN Vessels detect and apprehend IUU fishermen.