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Tuesday, March 14 was the 20th Day of Action for Rivers. Groups all over the world are organizing actions throughout the month of March to protect our rivers.

Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR) in collaboration with National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) and Water Resources Science and Technology (WRST) celebrated ‘Day of Action for Rivers’ on 16th March 2017 at NARA auditorium, Colombo 15 by organizing two events.

  1. An invited lecture on “Protect our Rivers”. This lecture was delivered  by Prof. Ivan Silva, Chairman, Water Resources Science and Technology
  2. Screen the documentary film, “Belo Monte: After the Flood” which was produced by award-winning documentarian Todd Southgate, details the impacts of one of the world’s most controversial hydropower projects: Belo Monte Dam in Brazil

These events were followed by an interactive discussion session.

 

An invited lecture organized by SLAFAR in collaboration with the Department of Zoology and Environmental Management, University of Kelaniya and National Aquatic Resource Research and Development Agency was successfully conducted on 29th November 2016 at NARA Auditorium, Colombo 15.

The lecture was by Professor. Chris Frid, a senior marine biologist of Griffith University, Australia. The lecture focused on “Opening the temporal Window: How lengthening time series affect our understanding on sea floor ecology”

Professor Chris Frid visited Sri Lanka, under the visiting scholar programme of the University of Kelaniya and was serving as a visiting professor at the Department of Zoology and Environmental Management.

The lecture highlighted the importance of time series analysis of the sea floor ecosystem and also emphasized the long term changes in the open ocean ecosystem that can have potential effects on the sea floor.

This lecture was followed by an interactive discussion session.

 

 

Training Workshop on Identification of Fresh and Processed Sea Cucumbers of Sri Lanka

A training workshop on “Identification of Fresh and Processed sea cucumbers of Sri Lanka” organized by National Research Council and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura with the collaboration of National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) and Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR) was successfully held at NARA auditorium on 28th October 2016.

Around 100 government officials including Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Police, Department of Coast Guard , Sri Lanka Custom, Sri Lanka Standard Institute (SLSI), Export Development Board (EDB), Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR), National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA), National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) and Academics from different Universities (University of Jaffna, University of Ruhuna and Ocean University) were trained on “how to identify fresh and processed sea cucumbers”.

The resource persons of this workshop were;

  1. D.C.T. Dissanayake, Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura; President of SLAFAR
  2. P.A.D. Ajith Kumara, Senior Scientist, Inland Aquaculture Resources Division, NARA; Executive Committee Member of SLAFAR
  3. Ganesh Nishanthan, Postgraduate Student, Department of Zoology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

A booklet titled as “Fresh and Processed Sea Cucumbers of Sri Lanka – Identification Guide (ISBN 978-955-0263-07-3)” was launched parallel to this workshop.