Under a reconstruction program, the Sri Lankan fisheries sector has now restored the fishing industry to near its full capacity, the Daily News reported Tuesday.
Fisheries, Aquatic Resources and Christian Affairs Minister Milroy Fernando said that the ministry has repaired more than 90 percent of damaged fishing boats with the support of some various service organizations and individuals.
He said that Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the ministry have introduced a long-term program to introduce bigger boat designs to improve the quality and productivity of the local fishing industry.
Moves are already in place by the ministry with the FAO support to improve coast conservation and rehabilitation of fishery infrastructure.
FAO sources said that the program's aim is to rehabilitate the industry and fisherfolk beyond their pre-tsunami living conditions with higher levels of income generation, the paper said.