COVID-19, climate change impede fishing in Ampara | Daily News

COVID-19, climate change impede fishing in Ampara

The COVID-19 pandemic, couple with climate change, have affected the fishermen in the Ampara District.

Fishermen in the Kalmunai, Maruthamunai, Sainthamaruthu, Nintavur, Addalaichenai, Oluvil, Palamunai, Akkaraipattu, Thirukkovil, and Pottuvil areas have been unable to set out for deep sea fishing.

There are many people in the Ampara District engaged in shallow-water and deep-sea fishing; their boats remain anchored at the Oluvil Harbor, and at the Valaichenai beach.

This has forced them to pay additional charges for anchoring. Fishermen have appealed the authorities to provide them with relief.