The signature event is a symbol of the successful cooperation between the NARA and IMR since 2017. The two institutions will engage in research on fish stocks in the waters of Sri Lanka, with the aim of improved and sustainable management of marine resources in the country.
Norway’s financial assistance enabled an ecosystem survey in the coastal waters of Sri Lanka by the Norwegian research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in Sri Lanka in 2018. After the successful completion of the first phase of the project, the Norwegian embassy was pleased to approve the second phase of the project for development of fisheries management tools at a cost of close to NOK 8.75 million (approx. US $ 1 million), which will be operational until 2022.
Speaking at the event, Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Trine Jøranli Eskedal underscored that Norway is “committed to bilateral cooperation on oceans and to helping Sri Lanka put in place data-based management systems for ocean resources, which will enable Sri Lanka to better monitor its fish stocks.”
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