Fishermen protest against sea plane project in the Negombo lagoon

Friday, 19 November 2010 03:34 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Fishermen operating in the Negombo lagoon held a protest on Wednesday against the digging of the lagoon to launch a sea plane project.

Over 1,000 fishermen and villagers had participated in the protest.

Hundreds of fishing boats had also entered the lagoon to prevent the digging up of the lagoon.  The protest had created a tense situation in the area and the protesters had called on the government to shelve the sea plane project.

Convener of the Movement for the Protection of Negombo Lagoon, Herman Kumara told the media that they will not leave the lagoon until the excavation machinery including the backhoe machines are removed from the area.

According to the Movement, the Negombo Lagoon is one of the richest resources in Asia, as it is a Ramsar wetland in Sri Lanka. However, it is not officially included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

– Pix by Kumarasiri Prasad