The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry announces that Sri Lanka has exported 600 tons of fish resources to European countries during the first two months after the lifting of the EU ban.
The EU, in January 2015, imposed the ban on Sri Lanka’s fish exports to European countries, which was the major export market for Sri Lanka, as a result of engaging in Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities.
Sri Lankan fish export companies have exported 7490 tons of fish so far in 2016, the ministry spokesman added.
“The demand for Sri Lankan fish has now increased due to their good quality. But still we are unable to fulfill the international demand of fish as we have no enough large scale vessels, modern equipment and technologies. Still we are fulfilling only 33 percent out of the whole demand”, he explained.