Sri Lankan fishermen oppose China’s exploitation of marine resources

colombo [Sri Lanka]27 September (ANI): A local Sri Lankan fisherman in the northern part of the island nation has come forward to oppose China’s exploitation of marine resources in its waters.

According to Mawrata News, Beijing has launched a campaign to seize control of Sri Lanka’s waters, led by several Chinese companies and entities.

According to the report, Beijing appears to be eyeing sea cucumber farming, one of the island nation’s main economic activities.

According to media reports, Sri Lanka shipped about 336 tons of sea cucumbers to China, Singapore and Hong Kong in 2021.

“As a result, breeding and exporting sausage-like aquatic organisms, considered delicacies in China and Southeast Asia, is a lucrative market for Chinese companies,” the report said.

This is because Colombo is proceeding with cabinet approval plans for large-scale commercial marine projects in Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Kilinochchi.

After the Sri Lankan Cabinet’s plans were made public, a Macau-based Chinese company offered to set up large-scale sea cucumber farming operations in the Puttalam and Jaffna districts.

According to Mawrata News, the 10-year project will involve more than 36,000 acres of water and will produce 8.6 million kilograms of sea cucumber.

Locals are reportedly against the disputed project, concerned about the potential depletion of marine resources.

Analingam Anaratha, president of the Jaffna Fisheries Federation, was quoted as saying in local media that the proposed project would do more harm than good to the local population.

The Sri Lankan government continues to push these marine projects, but fishermen believe this will cause lasting damage to the local marine ecosystem and undermine their livelihoods in the long run.

Earlier, a similar Chinese project in the Kilinochchi district faced fierce opposition last year from local fishermen who opposed fences on land bordering the sea. (Ani) Sri Lankan fishermen oppose China’s exploitation of marine resources

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