Lakmal K Baduge – Trincomalee
Including Sambaltivu lagoon near Trincomalee, every lagoons around the country will be gazetted as fisheries management areas says minister Douglas Dewananda. Minister pointed out such actions as a part of development plan for fishing industry.
Minister Douglas Devananda describe this in his observation tour of Sambaltivu lagoon today. The Sambaltivu lagoon which has 242 hectares is being destroyed because of illegal acquisitions and land reclamation.
Total of 242 hectares land including 19 hectares of land area that is close to the sea from the outfall of the lagoon to Sambaltivu bridge and 223 hectares of land area with Mangroves located after the main road are owned by the department of forests.
An 500 meters of area from borders of the water canal of outfall to the lagoon and another 500 metrs of land from the lagoon border will be gazette as the fishing management area for fishing comunity. Additionaly, the area next to that which is with Mangroves will be gazetted as a wild life reservation. As an entry for this hope to gather a meeting among fisheries and wildlife ministries says minster Devananda.
Mr. P. Daneshwaran divisional secretary of Trincomalee, Mr. Thulsidasan engineer of the department of coast conservation, and Mr. Anil Senarathna assistant director of the department of fisheries and water resources were gathered on this occasion.