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* Sri Lanka implements a national action plan to protect sharks
Wed, Jan 1, 2014, 01:04 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has launched a programme to protect the sharks that are under threat of extinction.

Accordingly, the Ministry has prepared a Sri Lanka National Plan of Action for protection and management of sharks.

The action plan is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the National Aquatic Resources Authority (NARA).

The project is funded by the regional organization, Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME).

The project aims to identify shark species, their composition, possible breeding grounds and other factors which are relevant to shark conservation.

Sharks are protected under the project in line with the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization.

A recent survey ranked Sri Lanka as one of the top countries in the world in shark fishing placing the country at the 14th among the top 20 countries.

Sri Lanka has consulted a wide variety of stakeholders like fisheries managers, academics, fishermen, fish sellers, NGOs and consumers to compile the national action plan, the Ministry said.

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