The Government launched well-equipped patrol boats off Beruwala on Wednesday with enlisted 175 coast guards to further protect the country's coastal belt from foreign poachers, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Mahinda Rajapakshe revealed during the launching ceremony.
The coast guards will also be on the alert for locals who destroy the country's aquatic resources while dealing with poachers who engage in piracy in the high seas.
They will also take measures to prevent the removal of coral reefs and sea sand, and erection of unauthorised structures near the beaches and dynamiting fish.
The minister also revealed that foreign poachers have caused Sri Lanka to lose around 30,000 metric tons of fish annually.
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