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Attempt from Hambantota to export Thambuwa!

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A request has been made to remove the ban on the fishing of ‘Rathu Lawaya’ or ‘Thambuwa’ (Cephalopholis sonnerati), Hambantota Fisheries Harbor’s Fishermen Association Chairman G.A. Sumith Kumara said.

He said that these fish, which are abundant in the seabed of the Hambantota Coastal areas, are currently worth about Rs.5,000 per kilo, and they can earn foreign exchange by sending these fish to countries like China and Japan.

Thambuwa fishing was banned about five years ago on scientific grounds that it could lead to extinction of red shrimps and damage coral reefs. It is said that red shrimp feed on the excrement of Thambuwa.

Since these fish live near coral reefs, oceanographers said that it is not possible to prevent damage to coral reefs when fishing.

On 11-10-2017, the Department of Lands and Aquatic Resources issued an extraordinary gazette 2014/4 No.29 prohibiting the fishing, keeping, selling and exporting of Thambuwa (Cephalopholis sonnerati).

This large fish of about 2 feet in length lives in rocky coral reefs and is carnivorous.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (06) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,806.

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50-yr old bank manager involved with teen, arrested

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Bambalapitiya police say that a 50-year-old private bank manager was arrested for allegedly having a relationship with a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Colombo.

According to reports, the teen had been taken to public parking lots in a jeep with tinted glass and sexually assaulted.

The teen has been admitted to Kalubowila Teaching Hospital.

Reports say that the suspect is a widower with two teenaged daughters of his own.

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Met Dept. warns of gusty winds & rough seas

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The depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal (500km east of Trincomalee) has concentrated into a deep depression and located near latitude 8.7N and longitude 85.7E today morning, the Department of Meteorology said in an advisory issued earlier.

It is very likely to move west-northwestwards, gradually intensifying into a cyclonic storm around this evening.

The system is likely to approach the coast of northern Tamil-Nadu, Puducherry and southern Andhra Pradesh over Southwest Bay of Bengal 08th December morning.

Wind speeds will be 60-70 kmph and can increase up to 80 kmph in sea areas between 02N – 15N and 80E – 95E.

Heavy showers or thundershowers and rough to very rough seas can be expected in aforementioned sea areas.

The naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Kankesanturai, Trincomalee and Batticaloa and southwest Bay of Bengal (02N – 15N, 80E – 95E) until further notice.

Meanwhile, those who are out at aforementioned sea regions are advised to return to coasts or to move to safer areas immediately.

The fishing and naval communities are requested to be attentive to future forecasts issued by the Meteorology Department in this regard.

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