MoU between Coast Guard and Wildlife Conservation Department
[July 18 2019]
The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) and Department of
Wild Life Conservation had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
for the operation and training procedures of Wave Rider Inshore Patrol
Craft, on Wednesday (17th July 2019) at the Coast Guard Rear Headquarters in Wellawatta, Colombo.
According to Coast Guard media, The Wild Life
Conservation Department has acquired these Wave Rider craft from the Sri
Lanka Navy for assisting whale watching regulatory operations at Mirissa
on the Southern coast.
The MoU, signed by the Director General of Sri Lanka
Coast Guard, Rear Admiral GDAS Wimalathunge and Director General of Wild
Life Conservation Department, Mr. MGP Sooriyabandara will facilitate
training and operational competencies to Wild Life Conservation
Department personnel in handling/ operations of Wave Rider Craft by the
SLCG. Senior Coast Guard and Wildlife Conservation Department officials
were also present at the occasion.
Sri Lanka is a major destination for whale watching
and the Southern coast is a hot spot, as the warm waters of the Indian
Ocean in these parts are a popular ground for marine mammals including
whales and dolphins. Whale watching attracts a large following from
wildlife enthusiast and other tourists, both local and foreign. This
sector of the tourism industry provides direct and indirect livelihood
to hundreds of families in the region.
The SLCG and Wildlife Conservation Department are
involved in wildlife and natural resource protection and this MoU will
be a fillip for implementing whale watching and marine mamal regulatory
mechanism while helping to sustain the local tourism industry.
Mirissa and Galle in the Southern coast, Trincomalee
in the Eastern coast and Kalpitiya seas are popular whale and dolphin
watching destinations in Sri Lanka.