Home / Front Page/ First marine finfish hatchery opened in Batticaloa

First marine finfish hatchery opened in Batticaloa


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Saturday, 1 July 2017 00:01

Facebook

FisheryMinister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera declares open the first Multi-Species Marine Finfish Hatchery in Sri Lanka

 

Sri Lanka’s first multi-species marine finfish hatchery was inaugurated in Tharmapuram, Batticaloa to facilitate the development of marine finfish farming and produce sufficient amounts of marine fish to meet the demands of the national and international markets. 

The hatchery was ceremonially declared open by Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera. The State Minister of Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, the Minister of Fisheries of the Eastern Province and the Batticaloa District Secretary were among the dignitaries present at the ceremony.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Amaraweera stated that the establishment of the multi-species marine finfish hatchery is a historic milestone in the fisheries sector as it will contribute to the export earnings of the country and also create 4,000 direct and indirect job opportunities. 

“Our country is surrounded by the sea and it has many reservoirs and lagoons but we still import fish,” said the Minister. “Our hope is to reduce fish imports and increase fish exports by 2020,”he said.

Minister Amaraweera noted that the aim is to make the fisheries sector the third highest foreign exchange earner by 2020, adding that “the lifting of the EU ban and the GSP+ concessions are a great impetus to the development of the fisheries sector.” 

Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Libuse Soukupova, reiterated that the proper management of the marine finfish hatchery could bring in export earnings to Sri Lanka as there is a good market in the European Union for finfish varieties such as seabass, grouper, milk fish, silver pomfret, sea bream, mahi mahi, cobia and snapper. 

Soukupova stated that encouraging aquaculture such as seabass culture fisheries through the establishment of such a hatchery minimises the exploitation of lagoon and marine fisheries while enhancing the income level of the fisher communities.

The Multi-Species Marine Finfish Hatchery was constructed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) with Rs. 142 million from the European Union. The hatchery, which was established under the European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), has the capacity to produce four million fingerlings annually for marine finfish farming in the country. 

“I am confident that the hatchery will be a turning point in the development of the aquaculture sector in Sri Lanka,” said the FAO Representative to Sri Lanka Nina Brandstrup. “The hatchery will allow both small-scale and commercial fish producers to meet the demands for high quality, high value and sustainably produced fish in the country and abroad.”

Jointly implemented by five agencies of the United Nations, the EU-SDDP with a total financial envelope of EUR 60 million, aims at supporting the Government of Sri Lanka’s thrust for economic and social development in seven conflict-affected districts covering half a million people. 


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part II

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Lessons to be learnt from the Asian educational giants A journalist of New York Times requested Hideki Shirakawa, a Nobel laureate, to describe Japanese culture. He said, “Fundamentally, Japanese culture is based on rice farming. Rice cultivation r


Country’s reconciliation with English and Moragahakanda

Thursday, 27 June 2019

When the country received independence from British, it was blessed with an efficient administration, a high standard in education, and also sound foreign exchange reserves; the country was admired by other countries. The three major and several mino


Implementing SC Orders

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The Supreme Court on 18 April has ordered six Ministries, their Secretaries and three Government authorities to take immediate several effective measures to be enforced in the design and construction of all parts of new buildings and services the pub


Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part I

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

It is said that a country is only good as her people. A country belongs to her people. In a democratic country, people elect the leaders to manage the country on their behalf. Hence, to be hailed as a progressive country, it is paramount for a countr


Columnists More