June 22, Colombo: Norwegian Research Vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen arrived in Sri Lanka on June 21 to conduct a 26-day research study on marine resources.
The research study will be carried out in Sri Lanka's territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal for 26 days with the participation of Sri Lankan scientists and researchers further enhancing cooperation in the fisheries and marine activities between Sri Lanka and Norway.
The Norwegian vessel was ceremonially welcomed at the Colombo Harbor by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa and Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther. State Minister of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jens Frølich Holte who is visiting Sri Lanka was also present on the occasion.
Speaking at the occasion, Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa said that this was an important juncture for many fields including fisheries activities.
The aim of the planned survey is to know the current status of marine resources including fish stocks and to investigate stocks of unexploited/ underutilized fishery resources on the continental shelf and slope. The last stock assessment for Sri Lanka has been carried out by the previous Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in 1978 to 1980.