Investigations launched into the death of marine life in Mannar

Investigations launched into the death of marine life in Mannar

Investigations launched into the death of marine life in Mannar

Written by Staff Writer

22 Aug, 2018 | 12:26 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st) – The All Ceylon Fishermen’s Federation has requested the government to conduct an immediate investigation into the sudden death of aquatic life in the seas off Mannar.

The Federation’s National Organizer, Rathna Gamage said that although steps had been taken to raise awareness on the matter recently, no solutions have been provided so far. He stated that suspicions have arisen that the sudden death of aquatic life could have been caused by chemical waste released by a factory in South India.

When News 1st inquired into the matter, General Manager of the Marine Environment Protection Authority, Dr Terny Pradeep Kumara stated that apart from the waste accumulated on the seashore, harmful techniques used by fisherman could also affect the aquatic resources.

Dr Kumara stated that they are currently conducting an investigation into the death of wildlife in the area. Following the investigation, a report is to be submitted to the Department of Wildlife Conservation.


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