ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will fix transports in 4,200 multi-day ocean going boats to track them trough a vessel monitoring system, using a grant from Australia, which has been trying to stop boat people from migrating informally.
The cabinet had cleared the procurement of the equipment by International Organization on Migrants utilizing a grant of Australian Dollars 5.38 million granted by the Home Affairs Department of Australia, the government said.
In 2015 Sri Lanka had fixed transponders in 1,250 tuna boats under Indian Ocean Tuna Commission rules.
“Apart from those vessels those equipment should be affixed to another 4200 such multi – day fishing vessels,” the statement said.
Sri Lanka began a satellite based vessel monitoring system shortly after a the European Union slapped a fish import ban. (Colombo/June01/2021)