Whale-watching to promote eco-tourism
The whale-watching program was launched in Sri Lanka to promote
eco-tourism by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in
collaboration with the Ceylon Fisheries Harbours Corporation, Walker
Tours and Tharunyata Hetak organisation.
Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Neomal Perera said
that the program was launched to promote Eco tourism, boost national
revenue and create job opportunities.
The program also helps to protect whales in Sri Lanka.
Government organisations and leading private sector companies are
ready to compete with the Maldives and Seychelles with regard to
whale-watching, he said.
Chairman Fisheries Harbours Corporation, Asanga Abeygoonasekara said
of the 80 varieties of whales 26 are found in the Indian ocean and Sri
Lanka was declared as a whale sanctuary in 1979.