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Sunday, 23 January 2011





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Exploiting fisheries and aquatic resources:

Govt targets self-sufficiency, increase in exports

The new fisheries development policy plans to exploit the country’s fisheries and aquatic resources in a sustainable manner while conserving the coastal environment.

The government is targeting self-sufficiency in the national fish supply and a significant increase in exports.

Plans for ornamental fish industry

* The youth organisations at Divisional Secretariat level will become young export builders .

* The country plans to be a pioneer in the tropical ornamental fish and aquatic plants trade in the world.

* Ginigathhena and Rambadagalla ornamental fish breeding and training centres will be developed to breed, rear and export ornamental fish as lovable pets.

Sri Lanka has considerable fisheries potential in coastal, offshore/deep sea, inland fisheries and aquaculture. The fisheries sector contributes around 1.2 percent to the GDP and employs over 650,000 people directly and indirectly.

Due to the many challenges which includes low usage of technology, inadequate investment by the private sector, high post harvest losses, poor market chain, lack of transport facilities, non availability of data and shortage of deep sea fishing boats have hampered the growth in this sector.

Harvesting, collection and value addition of new items for export such as jelly fish sea weed and sea bass is also planned.

Among the policy directions to increase fish production and export are increasing of the total marine fish production by 13.5 percent per annum and the inland fish production by 11 percent. As a result 1,100,000 mt of marine fish and 130,000 mt of inland fish will be released for domestic consumption and exports by 2020.

The per capita consumption of fish will be increased up to 30 kilograms per annum by 2020. At present the per capita consumption of fish is 11 kilograms per annum.

It is planned to increase the export of fish and fishery products to 530,000 mt by 2020 from the 18,500 mt at present.

The existing 13 functioning major fishery harbours will be modernised with ice plants, cold storages, freezing rooms, fuel storages, increased berthing length and communication facilities.

In addition it is planned to convert the seven anchorages to modernised marine resource harbours by 2020 while 12 landing sites located in the Eastern, Northern and North Western provinces will be developed to anchorages.

At present the fishery industry is provided with 70 percent of its ice requirement and it is planned to increase it to 100 percent by 2015.

The post harvest losses will be maintained at 5 percent thereby giving quality fish to the consumer through an unbroken cold chain.

About 16,000 traditional boats will be replaced with 5,000 multi-day boats while the balance will be converted to fibre glass reinforced plastic boats. It is planned to establish five fishing gear factories in the coastal provinces which will be capable of manufacturing and repairing multiday boats.

Fish processing zones will be at Negombo, Beruwela, Galle, Mirissa, Hambantota, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Point Pedro and Mannar.

Plans are afoot to produce dried fish, canned fish and maldive fish locally while imports will be confined to specified products to be used in the tourism industry.

It is planned to bring Sri Lanka to the fifth place among 49 countries which harvest tuna while expanding production from 90,000 mt to 175,000 mt in 2020 while the annual production of fingerlings will be increased to 80 mln by 2020.



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