The Sri Lankan government will immediately investigate allegations of illegal shark-fishing in Trincomalee.
The Pearl Protectors of Trincomalee, a local organization, stated in a Twitter statement that while Trincomalee was once a hotspot for marine biodiversity, fishermen are now increasingly killing local shark species. This is according to Xinhua news agency.
Officials from tourism said that tourists can swim with sharks in Nilaveli or Pigeon Island, Trincomalee. They also offer boat rides to view the marine species.
Kanchana Wijesekera, the State Minister for Fisheries, stated Wednesday that Trincomalee will be visited by officers from the fisheries department to investigate the claims.
Wijesekera stated that “once the initial investigations have been concluded, legal action will be taken against the responsible.”
Trincomalee, located on the northeast coast Sri Lanka’s, is approximately 237km from Colombo. It is a popular spot for wildlife enthusiasts as it has one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the area.
This is one of the best spots in the country to spot blue whales in their natural habitat. A smaller number of sperm and whale sharks can be seen during certain months.