Jun 08, 2020

80% of Western Province seabed polluted (Video) Featured

Environmental conservation organisation  - The Pearl Protectors, say that 80% of Sri Lanka's Western Province seabed is polluted.

Partnering with Island Scuba, the Pearl Protectors has produced a short documentary on this regard and emphasised the danger posed by the pollution, which is mostly single use plastics.

Shows footage captured from the palagala seabed off the coast of Colombo, the video notes that 50% of the sea surrounding us is considered to be polluted.

Plastic bags, bottles, sachets and discarded fishing gear are leading pollutants found underwater, they add, emphasising that only 10% of ocean pollution floats. 90% is found on the seabed.

Three attempts by the Sri Lankan government to ban single-use plastics were unsuccessful due to pressure from plastic manufacturers and retailers.

The video urges citizens to be more responsible in protecting the marine environment through refusing single use plastic.

(Video courtesy : Pearl Protectors)

More garbage washed up at Mt. Lavinia?Meanwhile, plastic based marine pollution continues to make headlines as reports say that litter has continued to wash up on the iconic beach of Mount Lavinia.

Although activists and organisations have continued to clear up the beach over the weekend, more litter has been washed up, reports say.

The state owned 'Dinamina' newspaper reports that a special police investigation has been launched under the supervision of SSP Rohan Premaratne of the Mount Lavinia police, on the instructions of Western Province Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon.

The report further quotes DIG Tennakoon as saying that he had personally attended the beach cleanup and that it was evident that the litter had not been washed up from deeper waters. 
Photos and videos of the beach show that the waste that had been washed ashore in this manner is predominantly plastic.