Fishing: In Troubled Waters

Fishermen one of the poorest segments in the population was hard hit by the tsunami. The tidal waves wiped out two thirds of the country’s fishing fleet leaving thousands without incomes. Fishermen one of the poorest segments in the population was hard hit by the tsunami. The tidal waves wiped out two thirds of the country’s fishing fleet leaving thousands without incomes. Fishermen are asking for help to repair their small boats that can’t go far out to sea or have technology to locate big schools of fish.

Experts say the devastating tsunami has however offered a window of opportunity to better equip the industry and help take thousands out of poverty.

Amidst the tsunami aftermath small signs of normalcy gradually returning to southern coastal villages.

Fishermen here are about to test their luck after the tsunami.

Jagath Fernando, who owns this big net, also owned several traditional canoes and fishing nets but after the tsunami only this one was left.

He and other fisherman are eagerly casting the net to make the best out of the fishing season that ends when the monsoon sets in, in two months.

The best months for fishing on the west coast ha