The government says it will be compelled to ban turtle hatcheries which do not follow guidelines issued by the Environment Ministry, Minister of Environment and Natural resources Champika Ranawaka told Daily Mirror online.
He added that hatcheries operating with the motive of making financial gains will be given time to operate on an educational and conservation level but ones that are not doing so will be banned.
Further he stated that many turtle hatcheries were operating in the Southern coast of Sri Lanka mainly under the guise of turtle conservation but that they were illegally selling, processing turtle meat or using turtles for leisure purposes, he said adding that the authorities will take action against such hatcheries. (Daily Mirror online)
Comments - 16
Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:34 AM
In sri lanka Laws are made from donkeys ages but not implemented properly.who cares?
Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:38 AM
Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:52 AM
Ranawaka if you interfere in un-wanted matters and hit the poor man's stomoch we will up-root you.
Friday, 26 February 2010 06:17 AM
How about unlicensed brothels sprung up all over the place and also underground abortion clinics?
Thursday, 25 February 2010 12:06 PM
A good move to preserve the environment
Thursday, 25 February 2010 12:19 PM
Very commendable move.
Thursday, 25 February 2010 01:11 PM
Very good move. Most of the turtle hatcheries are nothing but tourist traps. They have no concern for turtles or environment.
Friday, 26 February 2010 01:40 AM
Mr Ranawaka, Respecting your concern on environment protection as one who contributes to the national papers on the subject you can do a better service than living in a mire of polluted. Mark W
Friday, 26 February 2010 07:14 AM
Impressive footage... hats-off to DM Team
Friday, 26 February 2010 07:52 AM
Awesome ! More of these kind of things should happen...too many times we compromise on the environment.
Thursday, 25 February 2010 05:15 PM
Hatchlings have the most energy immediately after they hatch, most of the energy from the egg yolk is still present in their body, and they don’t feed for about a week. Instead they use the energy to swim away from shallow coastal waters to deeper safer waters. After a week or so they don’t have the energy to swim, when they are released to the sea they will either get washed ashore and desiccate and die or become easy prey for crows, sea birds or fish. None of the hatchlings released after a week can survive, this story of hatchlings navel being open is “hocus pocus”, it’s an urban myth there is no scientific truth behind it. The only thing the hatcheries have done for the past decade or so is saving the eggs from being eaten , but trapping the hatchlings ashore for some time and releasing them for a certain death.
Thursday, 25 February 2010 05:18 PM
In other words hatcheries have just delayed the death of a hatching from egg stage to hatchling stage. It is true that these people need to make a living, if hatcheries are banned they will just sell the eggs in the black market for food. Here is a easy plan, just let the turtles hatch in their natural nests, put a net over the nest s so other predators cannot dig it, and take a few nests and bury them in the hatchery, and keep a few hatchlings also for the tourists attraction, just don’t kill the duck laying the golden eggs. May be the minister also can help, by promoting the hatcheries as tourists destinations
Friday, 26 February 2010 05:09 AM
Hmmmmmmm, is the minister expecting a 10% commission?
Friday, 26 February 2010 10:08 AM
Turtle hatcheries cause damage to nature what about pigstries, farms and poultry farms in the midst of residencies?
Friday, 26 February 2010 05:23 AM
Poor man's stomach or rich man's stomach, if filled by sacrificing nature & environment , before Ranawaka the people need stop it.
Friday, 26 February 2010 09:31 PM
The video should have an English translation for the Sinhala parts, for non-Sinhala speakers; especially for foreigners.
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