Coral reefs play a vital role in the beautification of the Coastal Belt. A special programme has been unveiled to protect the coral reefs.
Several surveys conducted by NARA have revealed that very rare and the most beautiful coral reefs are found in the Southern Coast of the island. However due to coral mining and other human activities, most coral reefs are facing destruction. Environmentalist claim that the destruction of coral reefs has led to sea erosion on a large scale. It is their view that most varieties of fish are also facing extinction due to the destruction of the reefs. The Coast Conservation Department has teamed up with the Post Tsunami Coast Conservation Project in unveiling a special programme for the protection of coral reefs. Divers were engaged in the cleaning of coral reefs of litter. It received the support of the Weligama Urban Council and the Police. The Coast Conversation Department said their intention is to do this cleaning exercise once in four months.