Jun 22, 2019

Ninety percent of coral reefs around Sri Lanka dead!

Around 90% of the coral reefs around Sri Lanka are now dead, said Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) General Manager Dr. Terney Pradeep Kumara.

He said research had proved that Sri Lanka’s corals are faced with an imminent threat of destruction due to climate change, pollution and illegal fishing methods and the amount of polythene being carried into the sea.

Dr. Terney said that if urgent action is not taken and everyone does not support this effort, the coral reefs face the threat of destruction within the next ten years.

He said beautiful corals which are not seen anywhere else in the world is still there to be seen in the sea areas around the country, warning that Sri Lankans will lose the luxury of viewing colourful corals 10 years from now if urgent steps are not taken by the non-government organisations, civil society and the general public do not join hands in taking steps to stop their current rate of destruction, he said.