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In the Zone: Regulation Plans Go Ahead in Batticaloa

SRI LANKA - Regulation plans are being initiated to zone the shrimp and prawn farming industry in the Batticaloa District of Sri Lanka.

By regularising, the shrimp farming fishermen will be guided to adopt latest scientific practices in their farms and also get them licensed, says TheNation.

“Currently, people are in the shrimp business with no authority regularising them. So, there are no records on how the shrimps in the region are being exploited; it could be that they are overly exploited or little exploited. No recent records have been compiled as to whether the shrimps are caught in a suitable environment, and what kind of shortcomings are prevailing in shrimp farming such as spread of diseases,” Kumar told TheNation.

Batticaloa District is a coastal plain covering an area of approximately 2,854 sq km and is famous for shrimp farming in three brackish water bodies, namely Batticaloa Lagoon, Valachenai Lagoon and Uppar Lagoon.