Norway and Sri Lanka have a longstanding cooperation in the fisheries sector dating back as far as the 1960’s. Several projects have been carried out in the past. The most recent in 2013-2014 where Norway supported NARA with two activities namely: 1. Capacity building in fish quality, food safety and postharvest aspects and 2. Capacity building in research vessel deployment for oceanographic surveys and fish stock assessment.
The present initiative came about as a follow up of the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs visit to Sri Lanka in January 2016. Discussions were held between the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Sri Lanka and the Norwegian Ambassador on a possible program for technical assistance in the fisheries sector. Based on the discussions it is proposed to initiate a new cooperation between NARA and CDCF and to develop a new project covering two of the priorities requested from Sri Lanka.
- Assistance to upgrade existing NARA’s port sampling programs on Fisheries data collection and data processing
- Fish Stock assessment including a resources survey with RV. Dr. Fridtjof Nansen and assistance to NARA on assessment of fisheries resources using their own R/V Samuddrikka
The inauguration ceremony was held on 14th June 2016 at the NARA Auditorium.