Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has decided to minimize the number of licenses issued annually for fishing sea cucumber by 25 percent
A survey on fishing of sea cucumber by National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) has revealed that the harvest of sea cucumber and conch shells is decreasing gradually in the Sri Lankan sea area.
The reason is most divers are harvesting these sea resources using illegal methods without a management system, according to the study.
During a meeting with the Divers Association held recently, the Minister, on the recommendation of NARA, has informed the divers’ representatives to temporarily restrict the issuing of licenses to harvest sea cucumber and conch shells.
Indian fishing trawlers which are illegally entering into Sri Lankan territorial waters are harvesting sea cucumber and conch shells while using bottom trawling and it severely damages the sea bed. Because of that we decided to restrict the harvest of sea cucumber and conch shells in Sri Lankan waters for next four years”, the minister explained.