Sri Lanka Coast Guard held the second symposium on ‘Great and Little Basses Reef and Marine Conservation’ successfully at the Light House Galley, Colombo on 24th May 2017. The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
The initial symposium held in year 2014 in Kirinda was an eye opener for all stake holders in marine conservation as it paved the initiation of actions to conserve three maritime wrecks lying in the seas near Great Bases Reef. Further, it was a platform to get much needed assistance from other stakeholders to Sri Lanka Coast Guard to limit sphere fishing by scuba divers and also to protect endangered fish species living in the reef.
Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard ‘Rear Admiral GDAS Wimalathunga’ welcomed the gathering memorizing the success of the preliminary symposium held in the year 2014. subsequenty, the Commander of Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne highlighted the major role of Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard in conservation and protection of endangered marine species and the entire maritime area of Sri Lanka. Moreover, a number of renowned speakers from different agencies such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Maritime Environment Protection Authority, the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Department of fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Sri Lanka police, and several other organizations delivered the papers for the success of the event.
Director General Operations, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle, Chairman of Marine Environment Protection Authority, Rear Admiral (Retd) PADR Perera, Chairman of National Aquatic Resources research and Development Agency (NARA), Dr. Anil Premarathne, Coordinator, Coastal and Marine Programme, Mr. Arjan Rajasuriya from International Union for Conservation of Nature and a host of distinguished invitees were also present on the occasion.