Kalamatiya fisheries harbour construction commenced
The inaugural ceremony for the construction of the kalamatiya Fishery Harbour which had been a request of the fisher folk over a long period of time in the Hambantota District was initiated at 10.30 a.m. on 28th June 2014 Under the patronage of the Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Dr.Rajitha Senaratne.
Monetary provisions were made under the budgetary proposals for the development of this Kalametiya harbor and a cost of Rs. 900 million has been estimated for the construction. The main project office for the construction work was also established at the head office of Cey Nor Foundation.
18th session of IOTC will be held in Sri Lanka
Eighteenth Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization will be held in Colombo from 01st to 05th June 2014. The Meeting is held in Sri Lanka on the initiative of Hon Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development.
This is the second time Sri Lanka is hosting the event, the first being in 2011.
The objective of the Commission is to promote cooperation among its Members with a view to ensuring, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilization of tuna stocks and encouraging sustainable development of fisheries based on them.
Deyata Kirula 2014 exhibition stall of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Deyata Kirula 2014 exhibition stall of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is focused on displaying dynamic exhibits on unitization of new technology towards a sustainable fisheries sector. Following aspects were incorporate with the stall design
- Long line fishing and fishing boats equipped with latest technology
- Fish finding devices
- Vessel monitoring system with satellite communications
- Safety at sea using latest technology
- Radio communication with fishing boats
The stall was launched by the Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dr.Rajitha Senaratne on 21st February 2014 with the presence of Hon. Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathe and senior officers of the Ministry and the Department. It was calculated that more than 1,500,000 people visit the stall during the exhibition.
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act No. 2 of 1996 is amended
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act, No. 2 of 1996, is amended with effected from November 2013 in order to comply with the latest international resolutions and requirements related to responsible fishing and giving the department more control over IUU activities in the fisheries sector in Sri Lanka. Several sections of the act is modified on following aspects
- Fishing boat registration and licenses
- Fishing on overseas waters
- Fishing management areas and fisheries co-management