June 22, Colombo: The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development plans to construct a state-of-the-art fish market complex in Trincomalee to serve fishing communities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, according to a report by the state-run TV.
The Ministry and the Post-Tsunami Coast Rehabilitation and Resources Management Project will bear the cost of the proposed complex estimated at Rs.90.30 million.
Since the end of the war in May 2009, with the lifting of restrictions on fishing in the northern and eastern seas, the fishing sector has shown a substantial growth.
The government has distributed a large number of boats, motors, and nets to the fishermen in North and East to boost the industry.
The 9,100-square feet facility will have 62 trade stalls on the ground floor, each with a span of 42 square feet.
The facility will feature modern amenities including deep freezers, car parks, water purification plants, electricity generators, sewerage plants, rain water removal apparatus, and a cafeteria.
The Ministry expects the fish market complex to create a convenient business atmosphere for traders and consumers.