ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Palk Bay and Fishing Conflicts

Of late, fi shing conflicts in the Indo-Sri Lankan waters in the Palk Bay have worsened leading to arrest, detention and even death of Indian fi shermen (“Fishing Conflict in Indo-Sri Lankan Waters”, EPW, 12 February 2011). Although the indiscriminate expansion of fishing capacity in the Indian waters is the root of the problem, initiatives to engage communities across the border in a dialogue process have been proposed to contain these confl icts, along with implementation of fi sheries management measures.

While short-run arrangements to access fishing grounds across the boundary line may be sought within existing bilateral treaties between India and Sri Lanka, a long-term solution to these fi shery-precipitated conflicts should be found within an effective fisheries management regime on the Indian side of the boundary line.

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