The ministerial-level talks were attended by India's Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Sri Lankan Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera,
The talks were followed by the third meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on fisheries held in the national capital on Friday.
The JWG was co-chaired by Secretary (Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries), Government of India and Secretary (Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development), Government of Sri Lanka.
The co-chairs of the JWG briefed the outcome of the issues and discussed during the 3rd JWG meeting for consideration of the ministers and for further directions.
The Indian side was satisfied with the progress on release of apprehended fishermen and detained fishing vessels in the recent past, while reiterating the release of all the remaining Indian fishing vessels in Sri Lankan custody.
These include launching of a program on diversification of bottom trawlers into Deep Sea Fishing Vessels for tuna long lining under Blue Revolution Scheme, construction of Mookaiyur and Poompuhar fishing harbours, capacity building program for fishermen of Palk Bay Area in deep sea tuna long lining.
Besides, fresh registration for bottom trawlers in the Palk Bay Area has been banned by the Government of Tamil Nadu.
In addition, alternative livelihood opportunities for the fishing communities in Palk Bay Area are being offered through open sea cage farming, seaweed farming and other allied coastal fisheries activities.