The Hikkaduwa National Park has launched an investigation into the sudden death of fish in the Kuda-kalapu river which is a main water source for the Madhu river, the caretaker of the Hikkaduwa National Park Asanka Gunawardene said.
The river is located in the boundaries of Balapitiya and Ambalangoda and the livelihood of 300 families living in the area depends on the fisheries trade. The death of these fish occurred unexpectedly four days ago, Gunawardene said.
"The fish started to die unexpectedly and people who had consumed these fish also fell ill. We don’t know what is causing these deaths. The relevant authorities have launched an investigation into this as there are many who depend on the fisheries trade," a fisherman in the area said. (Daily Mirror online)
The authorities must appoint a qualified panel to find-out the primary cause; possibly chemical pollutants from surrounding factories?
xlntgson Monday, 12 July 2010 10:29 AM
Recruit some unemployed science graduates to maintain and watch for contamination in water bodies, irrigation tanks and ponds in parks. This may save not only the water borne aquatic life and animals, but may prevent dengue-like out break; introducing cuban bacteria won't be a permanent solution without monitoring the change for good.
senra Monday, 12 July 2010 11:07 PM
Pollution is a seriuos problem and though there are regulations, neither the public nor the authorities care!
scrap_metal Monday, 12 July 2010 06:55 AM
May be the fish are going on a hunger strike ?
Chandana Monday, 12 July 2010 07:08 AM
Doesn't the photo speak for itself? notice the amount of litter including plastics, polystyrene...etc.
bugger Monday, 12 July 2010 07:17 AM
there is something really fishy going on
Gayan Samarasekara Monday, 12 July 2010 07:37 AM
Yes, only the fish will do a real hunger strike... not any politicians in sri lanka
malkanthi Monday, 12 July 2010 07:41 AM
No matter what signs appears, we are very ignorant and take it light, till something serious happens..
Sanath R Monday, 12 July 2010 08:19 AM
Obviously the water is polluted and everybody is to be blamed for the negligence and for no attention being applied to preserve the enviornment.
Silva Monday, 12 July 2010 08:30 AM
we only have to stop motor boats going in river. daily hundreds of boats throw oil into the River.
Lional De Alwis Monday, 12 July 2010 08:33 AM
This has happened 4 days ago and only today the public are being informed,,,,what a nice way to protect the people. May be the park caretaker had gone to Africa to watch FIFA finals and returned today.
Podi Guru Monday, 12 July 2010 08:39 AM
This is obviously a serious matter and the people who inject their political cynicism into it are not helpful. Most ordinary people, 91% of whom are literate, still do not understand that throwing garbage and rubbish into rivers and canals (and drains and streets) is not good for any living thing. Here is something that might be worth a protest because it affects the lives of every one and every animal, on whom we depend.
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