Sept 16, Colombo: Ceylon Fishery Harbours Corporation has planned to develop three fisheries harbours of Sri Lanka as large scale fishery harbors.
The Cabinet has granted approval for the proposal in this regard at the Cabinet meeting yesterday, a spokesman of the Ceylon Fishery Harbours Corporation said.
Three places have been identified as locations to develop large scale fishery harbours. They are situated at Silawathura in Mannar District, Gurunagar in Jaffna District and Gandara in Matara District.
According to official data, Sri Lanka's fishing fleet is over 43,000 and the fishing population exceeds 171,470. There are 12 fishery harbous, 37 anchorages, and 700 small landing centers around the country.
The recorded fish production in Sri Lanka in 2008 reached 319,120 metric tons while the per capita consumption reached 15kg.