Devananda cracks whip on Mannar, Chilaw shrimp farms
At a meeting held with the National Aquatic Culture Development Authority (NAQDA), The National Aquatic Resources Development and Research Agency (NARA) and the officials of Development Section of the Ministry of Fisheries on September 08 at the Ministry of Fisheries. The Minister of Fisheries Douglas Devananda instructed the relevant officials to take legal action against the shrimp farms in Mannar and Chilaw areas irrespective of their status, that don’t manage waste water in a proper way.
The Minister pointed out that Parliamentarians and general public of Mannar area has complained to him regarding the environmental destruction due to the releasing of waste water to the environment on a large scale by Taprobane Company which is the main Shrimp culture company in Mannar area. The Minister instructed the officials to submit a report regarding the action taken in this regard and to take action against the NAQDA officials in that area who don’t fulfill their responsibility and submit a report regarding the action taken against such officials.
The Minister further pointed out that it is the responsibility of NAQDA and NARA institutes to alert the shrimp farm owners regarding the steps taken as per the research conducted on waste water management of shrimp farms and to check whether the instructions are properly adhered to.
Expressing further the Minister said that there are 670 shrimp farms in Chilaw and Puttalam area and he has observed 273 shrimp farms during his recent tour in that area and he has noticed that they don’t manage the waste water of their farms and it’s the responsibility of NAQDA and NARA institutions to look into this issue.
Director General of NAQDA stated that the Minister recently appointed a committee consisting of officials from NAQDA, NARA, Divisional Secretariat, Environmental Authority and the North Western Provincial Ministry of Fisheries, and the committee has so far inspected 176 farms and the measures would be taken to submit a report after the inspection of the rest of the farms.
At the meeting discussion was held regarding the development of Nandikadal Lagoon. The Minister questioned regarding the effects caused by the waste water released by the shrimp farm at Erukkulam area in Mannar. The Minister instructed the officials to inform the shrimp farms which don’t have a system to manage waste water, to prepare a suitable system within 6 months. If they cannot prepare a system individually, they could join with some other farms and build tanks.
Secretary to the Ministry Indu Ratnayake, Chairman of NAQDA institute Dr. B. Wijeratne and the Director General of NARA institute Dr. Ashoka attended the event.
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