A stakeholder consultation workshop 2016 was held at NARA on 22nd July 2016 with participation of members from fisheries societies, Officials from Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development, Department of Fisheries and Development, National Aquaculture Development Authority, Fisheries Corporation, Sri Lanka Council for Research Policy(SLCARP), Treasury, Private sector, investors, academics and other relevant institutes dealing with fisheries and aquatic resource activities.
The workshop jointly organized by NARA and SLCARP. The main objective of the workshop is to evolve new research areas on fisheries sector for short, medium and long terms, having taken into consideration the current status of fisheries sector.
Fisheries sector directly impact upon the economy and more importantly the livelihoods of about 3 million people of the country. The National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) is dealing with this sector by providing scientific recommendations to the Ministry of fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development in respect of issues identified and undertaking research studies based on priorities as following thrust areas;
- Oceanography and Hydrography
- Inland Aquatic Resources and Aquaculture
- Marine Biological Resources and Fishing Gear Technology
- Postharvest Technology
- Socio-Economics and Marketing
- Conservation of Aquatic Resources
Mrs. W.M.M.R.Adikari, Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Dr. Gerry Jayawardena, Chairman of Sri Lanka Council for Research Policy (SLCARP) , Dr. Anil Premaratne, Chairman of NARA, Mr. B.C.W. Iddamalgoda, Director General of NARA, Dr. H.M.P. Kithsiri , Deputy Director General of NARA were inaugurated the event.