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A number of fishery harbours in Sri Lanka is to be developed under the Green Harbour concept
The government has decided to develop several fishery harbours as Green Harbours out of the existing 20 fishery harbours of Sri Lanka. This is decided to be implemented expeditiously since the existing harbours remain in the same situation they were established decades ago and therefore they have become unattractive and at the same time they fail in facilitating fishers with a qualitative and efficient service.     Accordingly, the second phase of developing the Suduwella fishery harbour in Matara as a Green Harbour amounting to a cost of 200 millions was initiated under the guidance of Hon. Minister of Fi

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Introducing digital technology to 20 main Fishery Harbours of Sri Lanka
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has taken measures to introduce digital technology to the 20 main Fishery Harbours of the country. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera had given instructions to the Ceylon Fishery Harbours Corporation for the implementation of the programme and consequently the first stage of this programme was inaugurated at Mirissa Fishery Harbour at Matara District. Accordingly, 05 Fishery Harbours including the Fishery Harbours of Mirissa, Suduwella and Dikkowita were added to the chain of Fishery Harbours with Digital Technology. The programme aims to receive information through satellite technology about the fishers leaving the harbor for daily fishing and to check whether they are accessing to a maritime boundary of ano

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A tourist boat service in Beruwala fishery harbour
Constructions of the building associated with a tourist boat service was initiated in Beruwla fishery harbour with a view to expanding employment opportunities in economic development and enhancing tourist attraction towards Sri Lanka. A cost of Rs. 140 million was borne in this regard and the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera and the Belgium Counselor Hon. Pierre Pringiers were presented to the occasion. This boat servi

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The concept of “Wewak Samaga Gamak”( A village with a Reservoir)
The government has granted approval to initiate a massive development programme in enhancing freshwater and brackish water fisheries industries) in line with the concept of “wewak samaga Gamak” ( A village with a Reservoir) of the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera.   The present government has allocated the largest amount of funds ever allocated by a government for the development of fish and aquaculture of 116 lagoons and 10 000 reservoirs in the country. The government has made special consideration in increasing the fresh water fish production up to 150000 metric tons within the comin

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Laila and Surukku purse seines which had been using for 32 years by Sri Lankan fishers were fully banned from 21st February
A research conducted by NARA has proved the fact that the total fish population of Sri Lankan waters is decreasing in an alarming rate due to the illegal fishing methods carried out in sea areas around the island. The researches have proved that this situation was caused by the use of purse seines namely Laila and Surukku. The discussions were held concerning these banned fishing methods between Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and the representatives from Fishing Unions.  Accordingly, it was decided to ban completely the use of illicit fishing methods with effect from 21.02.2016. Accordingly, a new method of using nets was introduced from 21st of February. The sein

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A Life guard service with the use of new technique
Due to the increase of climatic changes and natural disasters, the necessity of applying new technology in rescuing fishers from the accidents taking place in sea has become vital. Thus the government has planned to familiarize SriLankan fishers to the high technical fishing devices used in certain developed countries. Addressing the fishers’ request in this regard, a Life Saving Boat Service was initiated under the guidance of the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera with the cooperation of Mr. Ariyaseela Wickramanayake, the Chairman of the SriLanka Life Saving Institute.

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Establishment of the maiden Marine Finfish Hatchery in Sri Lanka
Construction of the maiden Marine Finfish Hatchery Centre in Sri Lanka was inaugurated at Dharmapuram in Batticaloa under the patronage of Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera. The Food and Agricultural Organization and the European Union have supported Sri Lankan Government in establishing the marine fin fish hatchery and a cost amounted to Rs 142 Million was borne in this regard. The project is being funded by the Food and Agricultural Organization under its District cooperation programme. Even though the Fresh water Hatcheries were established in earlier times in interior part of the country, no marine finfish hatcheries have been established prior to this. Researches  conduct

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Wellamankara fishery harbour in Mannar was developed as a fully fledged fishery harbour under a cost of Rs. 1000 millions
Although the life style of the fisher community in North and East provinces have returned to normalcy with the end of the terrorism, no infrastructure was developed for the fishers dwelling from Puttalam to Jaffna which is essential in restarting their livelihoods. Taking into consideration this issue, the fishing village of Wellamankara in Mannar has already been targeted for development as a fully fledged fishery harbour. The proposed land for the fishery harbour is 06 hectares and the estimated cost is Rs. 1000 Million. It will provide facilities to accommodate about 500 Multi day fishing vessels and 350 small fishing crafts and it will also be equipped with a community Hall, Fuel storage centre, cold room, office facilities and water and

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Minimization of post-harvest losses and improvement of quality and safety of fish products
Improve the Quality and safety of fish products                                                    
Quality control process of export oriented fish products are enforced by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) which is under the MFARD to comply the international quality requirements.

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Vision

Sri Lanka to be the leader of conservation and sustainable utilization of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the South Asian Region.

Mission

Managing the utilization of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for the benefit of the present and future generation

 
 
 
 
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