Galle fishery industrialists blame Met Dept. over forecasts | Daily News

Galle fishery industrialists blame Met Dept. over forecasts

The Meteorology Department does not accurately forewarn fishery industrialists over the wind direction and their climatic zones, Galle District Fishery Association Chairman P. B. Gamini alleged.

The Meteorological Department uses only one and the same uniform terminology reporting in their weather predictions. In particular commonly they state that the sea area off the coast extending from Puttalam to Trincomalee via Mannar and Kankesanthurai and Hambantota to Pottuvil and the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle will be rough and advice not to engage in fishery activities, Gamini continued his allegation.He was addressing a media briefing held in Galle on Tuesday (6).

Nevertheless they never inform the fishery industrialists about the wind directions and the respective zones. If they clearly tell the industrialists about the zones where storms and rough seas are absent, they can carry on the industry in those areas, he said.

“Wind direction is generally reported by the direction from which it originates. That is the way International Meteorology Agencies educate the public. The wind direction is usually reported in cardinal (or compass) direction, or in degrees. However our Meteorology Department does not follow that global method,”he said.

“Owing to this irrational weather reporting all industrialists launch the fishery boats together at the same time which leads for poor fish harvest and thereby escalation in the fish price. The Met Department should provide the fishing community with accurate weather forecasts and assist them in purchasing modern technological instruments at affordable prices,” they said.

 

 


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