A multi-day fishing vessel monitoring system from Australia to Sri Lanka July 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka received a multi-day fishing vessel monitoring system that contributes to ensure maritime security, under a financial grant from Australia, President’s Media Division announced. Australian High Commissioner David Holly said the monitoring system would help in preventing illegal fishing, ensuring border protection and security in Indian Ocean Region, preventing human and drug trafficking and rescuing fishermen in distressed vessels. The monitoring system consisting of 4,200 transponders, equipment for a monitoring center and satellite facilities is valued at 5.38 million Australian Dollars. The monitoring center will be set up under the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. The first set of transponders was symbolically handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Australian High Commissioner David Holly at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (16). A total of 1,250 such transponders were installed at multi-day fishing vessels in ...

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