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Hon Minister informs that every vessel shall be inspected at fishery harbours in support of His Excellency’s programme to minimize the use of polythene

Hon Minister mentioned these views at the progress meeting held on 12th July at the Fisheries Ministry.

Sri Lanka has been placed as the fifth country dumping plastic waste in to the sea. Hon Minister mentioned that in ten years time the entire sea would become a garbage tank if this situation proceeds.

There are nearly 65 000 fishing vessels in our country and they dump almost 06 tons of plastics to sea. Hon Minister mentioned that this massive sea pollution has to be prevented and the fishermen should be educated regarding this issue. Further, Hon Minister emphasized that the details about the plastic wares shall be recorded that are carried by fishing vessels leaving fishery harbours and check whether they are brought back upon returning to the harbour.   

He also mentioned that fishermen shall be instructed to use alternatives for plastics all times possible. Also, they should be informed that the plastics should not be dumped to the sea, but shall be returned and properly disposed.

Dumping plastics and polythene has become major contributing factor for environmental pollution and the spread of Dengue fever in our country. His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena’s programme to minimize the use of polythene shall be supported by all the citizens, mentioned Hon Minister. 

Hon Minister also emphasized that the fisher community shall be instructed to minimize the use of polythene and plastics for the longevity of the marine resources. 

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