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No salvaging of wrecks

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The Ministry of Fisheries together with the National Aquatic Research and Development Agency are to strictly implement the law against any form of salvaging of ship wrecks. Deputy Minister of Fisheries Susantha Punchinilame said that the strict implementation will serve two purposes. “Salvaging of old ships  are banned under the countries archeological act. On one hand a ship wreck provides the birth of fish colonies and on the other there is a lot of archeological value in the wrecks” he said,

Sri Lanka has over 50 major ship wrecks around the coastal reef of the Island. These wrecks provide a major tourism attraction with divers from all parts of the world visiting these wrecks. The Minister however said that examining the wreck for commercial divers would not be banned. “ There are many Sri Lankans and tourists who visit this country to examine the shipwrecks. This implementation would not affect them and they would be allowed to continue with their resea4rch. However, as a policy they will have to get approval if required and would be barred from taking out any part of the wreck” he said.
(By Hafeel Farisz)


 
 

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-0+16 # Nodrog58 2012-03-30 12:46
Well said and hope you will stand by it.
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-5+14 # lankaputha 2012-03-30 12:59
All valuebles been already removed... Hiks
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-0+7 # Nodrog58 2012-03-30 18:05
what is more valuable is the corals and other marine life that will be destroyed if the wrecks are removed
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-4+13 # kadalaya 2012-03-30 13:10
The prime land, museum, treasure hunts, and now the ship wrecks. What will be left is a good guess.
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-3+7 # kadalaya 2012-03-30 13:22
The prime land, museum, treasure hunts, and now the ship wrecks. What will be left is a good guess.
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-2+9 # the Undertaker 2012-03-30 13:36
THESE WILL ENDUP IN POLITICIANS HENCHMEN SOONER OR LATER AND THEY WILL MAKE MINT OF IT
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-3+4 # ship 2012-03-30 14:11
we know why this man is against to this. since he waited for long time but he did not receive his portion as they promised.
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-2+3 # hu 2012-03-30 14:19
ha
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-0+1 # willows 2012-03-30 14:35
it is reserved only for the privileged and powerful
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-1+3 # RajasH 2012-03-30 15:02
Banner ...come and visit our shipwrecks.....entrance fee RS 5,000.
The money collected will be used for salvaging the wreck s
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-1+2 # R.Dias 2012-03-30 16:21
Where was this PARALA ANEY ?
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-0+0 # Akinahd 2012-03-31 01:26
everybody wnats to do "something" special to make their mark...
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-0+1 # lk 2012-03-31 12:04
u know, this is quite a profitable business, just as illegal timber. so high time, laws were enacted.
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-0+0 # Las 2012-04-01 07:03
When you cant provide security for the Colombo museam, which is in a high security zone, how would you provide security for ship wreks?. Dont joke please!
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