Provide sustainable future for the Lankan seas, Indian Ocean.
To aware people about marine fishery including food fish and ornamental fish species in Sri Lanka Sea, Indian Ocean.
Scope of this study is to provide a tool for marine main food fish identification and make consumers’ attitudinal changes to take factual purchasing decision and secondly aimed to develop an identification and management tool for important marine ornamental fish species.
I am very much pleased to forward this message in launching a website on “Lanka Fish” in lined with the first International Research Symposium to be commenced on January 19th 2017. The website provides an opportunity to showcase more informative and required information on Lanka Fish particularly in identifying the levels of sustainability of selected food fish stocks and identified marine ornamental fish species common in export industry. Further, it covers multifaceted areas on Lanka Fish which encourages researchers, students, fishermen, consumers, exporters, custom officers and the officers of the fisheries for the reference of pertinent data in their chosen field. What is significant in this website is that it introduces a traffic light system for the users to decide whether to think, avoid or consume the given species in helping the sustainable utilization of resources.
I congratulate Mr. N.P.P. Liyanage, Senior Lecturer, Mr. J.D.M. Senevirathna, Lecturer, Mr. H.M.U.M. Herath, System Analyst, Mr. P.C.B. Dias and W.A. Withanage, Research Students for their commitment of a novel addition as a research output.
Dr. G. Chandrasena
Uva Wellassa University
With great pleasure I recommend the “Lankafish” web site developed by two final students of Aquatic Resources Technology Degree Programme supervised by three staff members to be launched. Marine fishery in Sri Lanka comprises both food fishes and ornamental fishes and the country is totally dependent on wild catches for production. In here, a database was established using the Information collected from various sources, specially IOTC for food fishes and Customs Department for ornamental fishes and a user friendly guide for identification of fish was developed. This website will be beneficial for students and general public as well as could be referred by various stakeholders such as, Department of Fisheries, NAQDA, NARA, Wildlife, CEA, Customs Officers and Researchers to get valuable information on marine fish identification, export market, consumer advice and conservation status.
Dr. S.C. Jayamanne
Dean, Faculty of Animal Science and Export Agriculture
Uva Wellassa University