Lagoon prawns, a growing business in Batticaloa | Daily News

Lagoon prawns, a growing business in Batticaloa

A large haul of prawns was recently caught from the Batticaloa lagoon, the second largest lagoon in Sri Lanka.

The Batticaloa lagoon extends from Vakarai, Valaichchenai, Kiran, Eravur, Pillaiyarady, Kallady, Mukathuvaram, Kattankudy, Arayampathy, Onthachchimadam, Periyakallar and Thuraineelavanai.

Due to the influx of foreign and local tourists, the demand for prawns is high. The white variety fetches Rs. 1,200 per kilo while the black variety fetches Rs. 2,000 per kilo.

Compared to prawns bread in fresh water farms, lagoon prawns are more appreciated as wholesalers buy these prawns in bulk and send to Colombo and overseas.

The authorities have banned the use of illegal nets in the lagoon. The landing of seaplanes also disrupted the reproductive process of prawns earlier. Now, since this had stopped, lagoon prawns have begun to flourish.

According to the Batticaloa District Assistant Director of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Rukshan Cruss said nearly 13,000 families are engaged in harvesting prawns.

Meanwhile, Naval troops attached to the Eastern Naval Command, during routine patrol carried out in the Batticaloa lagoon area, found a large number of unauthorized fishing nets on Tuesday.

Accordingly, 33 illegal fishing nets, each about 150 feet in length, were recovered and were handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Batticaloa for onward legal action.


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