Sri Lanka to probe illegal shark fishing in famous tourist spot

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COLOMBO, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government will launch immediate investigations into allegations of illegal shark fishing in Trincomalee, eastern Sri Lanka.

A local organization, the Pearl Protectors, on Tuesday said in a statement on Twitter said while Trincomalee was once a marine biodiversity hotspot, it had now come under threat as fishermen were increasingly killing local shark species.

Tourism officials said that Nilaveli and Pigeon Island in Trincomalee were some of the only places where tourists could swim with sharks and enjoy a boat ride to see the marine species.

State Minister of Fisheries Kanchana Wijesekera said on Wednesday following these allegations of illegal shark fishing, officers of the fisheries department will visit Trincomalee and investigate the claims.

"Once the initial investigations are concluded legal action will be taken against those responsible," Wijesekera said.

Located on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka, around 237 km from Colombo, Trincomalee is popular for wildlife lovers as it is one of the best natural harbors in the region.

It is one of the country's best hotspots to see blue whales in their natural environment, and a smaller number of sperm whales and whale sharks can also be spotted during some months. Enditem

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