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Sri Lankan sea cucumber growers bemoan the dwindling fishing industry: Report

Sri Lanka’s fishing industry has been in decline for many years, and sea cucumber farming is no exception. The country’s sea cucumber farmers are lamenting the slow disappearance of their industry, due to a number of factors such as overfishing, habitat destruction and climate change.

According to a report by the Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Peradeniya, the annual export of sea cucumbers from Sri Lanka has dropped from around 8.5 tons in 2008 to just 1.1 tons in 2017. The report added that, despite the government’s efforts to promote sustainable sea cucumber fishing, the industry is still facing a crisis due to the decreasing numbers of sea cucumbers.

In addition to the decline in the number of sea cucumbers, the report noted that other factors such as the lack of technical knowledge and resources, as well as the high cost of production, have contributed to the decline of the industry.

The report also noted that the increasing demand for sea cucumbers from other countries and the illegal harvesting of sea cucumbers in Sri Lanka’s territorial waters have also had an impact on the industry.

As a result of these factors, the report concluded that the future of sea cucumber farming in Sri Lanka is uncertain, and that the industry needs to be supported and given the necessary resources in order to survive and thrive.