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SL May Look At Inland Fisheries

Jul 11, 2011 6:13:37 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Fish consuming countries likeSri Lankamay have to depend on internal fisheries to ensure food security in future.

Addressing the 17th session of the Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SAFAR), Prof. Sena de Silva has said that aqua culture and internal fisheries would be the options for fish consuming nations in future as marine fish continue to deplete due to over-fishing.

Prof. de Silva has said that marine fish such as tuna will all but disappear if unsustainable fishing continued over the next decade and that in such a scenario, it would be wise to start looking at improving inland fisheries.

Also addressing the gathering, special speaker Dr. Rudolf Hermes of the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Reserve project has said the fact that the Indian Ocean borders some of the world’s most populous nations has highly threatened the ocean’s fish resources.

He has said that apart from extracting food resources through intensive fishing, these countries also released tons of pollutants that threaten fish stocks and the sea’s ecosystem.