Seychelles, SL to discuss illegal fishing after third vessel is intercepted

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

The Seychelles Fisheries Authority (SFA) is discussing new approaches to deter illegal fishing in its waters after a third Sri Lankan vessel was intercepted last week, the Seychelles News Agency quoted a top official as saying.

“The new approach will see the government of both countries discussing common ground to deter these illegal activities from taking place in the Seychelles’ waters,” SFA’s interim chief executive, Cyril Bonnelame, told SNA.

Bonnelame said that discussions started in the past but nothing came out of it and now that “these activities are becoming more frequent, we need to put something together to take action.”

The Sri Lankan High Commission in Seychelles told SNA it was not immediately in a position to comment in more details about the discussions.