Fish stocks are under threat around the world, and sustainable fishing is top of the agenda for food security among the Indian Oceans maritime nations.
Sri Lanka is no exception—and is increasingly playing its part in efforts to create a sustainable fishing industry in a nation for which seafood is an essential part of its internationally renowned cuisine.
Locals and tourists alike will welcome the thriving fish farm created by the The Round Island project of the coast of Trincomalee, which the Roar Resports website recently profiled in a piece praising this sustainability initiative.
Says Roar: “The solution, as one Sri Lankan organisation has successfully demonstrated, lies in marine aquaculture—which is basically offshore fish farming.
“Out at sea in Trincomalee, lie floating cages which house a particular breed of fish. Barramundi (Asian sea bass)—or modha, as it is known in Sri Lanka—is a kind of white fish that local hotels and restaurants often like to serve.
“The Round Island project operates by importing the fish from Australia shortly after they have hatched, and ‘growing’ them in these cages before harvesting them for local and overseas consumers.
“With sustainable means of farming and agriculture becoming a need of the hour and more than just a trend, as an island, and a people who love our seafood, we can’t afford to ignore the potential dwindling of our marine resources.”
With an eye on tourism, a Round Island spokesman says that “customers can be assured of both quality and freshness … for consumers who are concerned about where their fish comes from”.
Apart from safe, fresh fish, the project also claims to be good news for the environmentally conscious: so if you’re worried that your love for seafood is emptying out the sea, you now know that there are alternatives that don’t involve having to give up fish altogether.
Read more here.