Hon. Kanchana Wijesekera,—To ask the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development,—
(a) Will he inform this House whether he recognises the perpetual survival of the fisheries industry which makes a contribution in fulfilling the nutritional needs of the people and earning foreign exchange?
(b) Will he also inform this House in relation to Matara district—
(i) the number of fisheries harbours and anchorages and their locations;
(ii) the number of multiday and single day fishing vessels registered with each Divisional Secretariat division; and
(iii) the number of fishermen living in each Divisional Secretariat Division separately, according to the statistics of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources?
(c) Will he further inform this House in relation to Matara district from 2013 to 2016—
(i) the amount of money spent to enhance fisheries infrastructure facilities;
(ii) the number of multiday and single day fishing vessels that have been distributed on concessionary basis; and
(iii) the number of fishing gear sets, communication equipment and life jackets that has been distributed on concessionary basis in each Divisional Secretariat Division, in each year, separately?
(d) If not, why?