The 34th Session of the Asia Pacific Fishery Commission took place in Colombo on Friday under the auspices of Minister of Fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera.
The session which commenced today, Friday, February 12, will be held until February 14 and will result in economic development and a robust fisheries industry.
The Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development noted that though there has been a steady growth in inland capture fisheries in Sri Lanka, the country’s aqua culture activities are still in the infant stage of development. He pointed out that there is a need to use appropriate technologies and use non traditional methods, allocate more state resources towards its promotion and expansion and attract more investors into the aquaculture industry by adopting investor-friendly policies.
He also noted that a new programme called Wewak Samaga gamak is being planned for launch, for the development of villages associated with inland water bodies of coastal lagoons.
“I would like to request from the countries which are in the advanced stage of development of aquaculture and extend their hand of friendship and assistance to Sri Lanka,” he said
Several specialists and investors of the fisheries industries of 21 countries participated in the session.