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Customs officers of the Bio Diversity unit at the Bandaranaike International Airport nabbed eight boxes containing about five hundred live Tiger lobsters due to be exported to Vietnam by a lobster exporting company in Dungalalpitita – Negombo breaching the Aquatic Resources Act.

The consignment of seized lobsters weighing 144 kgs was valued at Rs. 417, 000. Pix by Deepa Adikari


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  • Regi Thursday, 06 December 2012 12:59 PM

    Are you sure they are going to Vietnam or heading for Australia since being TIGER lobsters

    Sujee Perera Thursday, 06 December 2012 01:13 PM

    Hope they would not end up in Custom Officers' kitchens!

    Gamarala Thursday, 06 December 2012 04:31 PM

    there are International laws for the preservation of most species. These lobsters have to be over 900 to 1,000 grams before they are ready to be harvested. These appear to be under that weight.

    Most Wanted Thursday, 06 December 2012 10:29 AM

    Good job guys...

    Roshan Thursday, 06 December 2012 11:03 AM

    What's the point of preventing these exports?
    If these lobsters not harvested they will face natural death in sea.

    Sri Lankan crabs are very famous in Singapore.
    Sri Lankan sea cucmbers are traditionally exported to Asian destinations. Sri Lanka should explore to harvest more sea foods and export them.

    Parakramabahu Thursday, 06 December 2012 11:09 AM

    Release and return the lobsters to the sea immediately. Animal cruelty otherwise to keep them in airport.

    hrm Thursday, 06 December 2012 11:09 AM

    These lobsters are baby lobsters less than 10cm long. It is prohibited to export them as they are sent for FOOD rather than harvesting thus preventing the growth of lobster population.

    It's a internationally recognized standard and apply for certain kinds of species.


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