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* Fisheries Minister orders a scientific study on the spread of starfish damaging corals in Eastern seas
Sat, Oct 7, 2017, 11:23 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 07, Colombo: Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has issued a directive to conduct a scientific study into a report that a variety of a Star fish causing harm to the corals is prevailing in the Eastern seabed.

The Minister at the consultative committee meeting held at the Ministry recently has issued directives to National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) and National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) to conduct a scientific study into the species with the necessary assistance of Sri Lanka Navy.

It has been reported that this variety of star fish emits a chemical enzyme that is causing serious damages to the corals.

Prevalence of such Star fish had taken place a few years back in similar manner and measures were taken to deter their prevalence at that occasion too, the Ministry said.

 

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