Fishing Vessels Meant to Replace Boats Destroyed by the Tsunami Are Not Seaworthy

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warns that many replacement fishing vessels that have been constructed since the disaster are seriously sub-standard in quality or may soon have to be replaced again. In Sri Lanka, more than 13,000 of almost 19,000 lost boats had been replaced by the end of November 2005. But about approximately 2,500 of them—or nearly 19 percent—are not deemed seaworthy. In Indonesia an estimated 7,600 fishing boats were lost. About 6,500 have been replaced, of which an unknown number are unsafe. FAO says this is not a result of bad-faith action. The agency blames the lack of standards and regulations, as well as the dearth of experienced boat builders, many of whom perished in the tsunami.

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UN Food and Agriculture Organization, “Inferior Boatbuilding Undermines Tsunami Recovery,” FAO Newsroom, 28 March 2006,