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Monday, December 31, 2012 - 05.00 GMT

Pigeon Island not to be removed from national parks list

 

Pigeon Island would not be removed from the list of national parks, General of Wildlife Department of Sri Lanka H.D. Rathnayaka said.

He added that the island and the coral reef in the sea in close proximity to the island will be preserved.

Wildlife Conservation Department of Sri Lanka named Pigeon Island a maritime sanctuary in 1973 and later in 2003 it was listed as a national park. It is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka situated off the coast of Nilaweli in the eastern Trincomalee district.

Access to the public to the 471.43 hectare island bordered by a coral reef rich with biodiversity was restricted due to the terrorist activities during the war time and the park was reopened for tourists in May 2011.
 

 
 
   
   
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