Maritime sanctuaries to popularise sea safaris
Maritime sanctuaries will be set up in shallow sea waters to
popularise underwater sea safaris and for divers to view rare ornamental
fish. This will attract upmarket tourists who have a passion for such
exquisite sports, said Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, Senior Professor of Crop
Science at the University of Ruhuna.
Prof Senaratne told the Sunday Observer that the seas around the
country are ideally suited for safe diving and biodiversity studies.
There are no Somali pirates in the seas of Sri Lanka, he said.
He said the Beach Festival on the Tangalle beach from May 23-24 would
help popularise underwater diving, especially foreign tourists who are
due to participate in the event. The kites on display at the beach
festival will depict different types of fish in the seas around the
The 1,700 kilometre costal belt around the country is also rich in
seaweeds, a money spinner, he said.