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The Palk Bay Dispute - Trawling, Livelihoods and Opportunities for Resolution

Updated: Jun 3

Authored by: Sitara Srinivas


For centuries, Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen have fished in the waters of the Palk Bay – a waterway that connects both countries. However, this space has become a subject of contention due to multiple factors, including territorial issues over the island of Kachchatheevu, the intrusion of Indian fishermen into Sri Lankan waters and trawling.


This paper attempts to engage with the traditional ideas of ownership over the Palk Bay, and the modern international treaties that govern nation-states, in the context of the country’s economic dependence on seafood and the environmental implications of trawling.


Read the paper here.


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