Mar 16, 2020

Kalpitiya drag net fishing in danger (Pics)

Fishermen engaging in Ma-del or drag net fishing in the seas of Kalpitiya area are severely affected by the lack of a good catch, reports say.

Ma-del fishing has been a popular practice in the region for decades.

However, illegal methods locally known as 'Laila, Surukku and Dyna' which have now become a major threat to their livelihood.

Although a single catch would yield 2,000kg of fish in the past, they say it is now difficult to even obtain a catch weighing 100kg.

The collapse of local and international fish markets due to the Covid-19 epidemic is another reason for the decline in fish demand, they say.

(Pics : Priyankara Kalupahana - Puttalam corr.)