Colombo, Oct 13 (NIA)- The Sri Lankan government, on Thursday, said it would take stern legal action against any groups or individuals who were involved in dolphin and whale hunting.
Fisheries Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera said that he had requested the Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard to be on alert against the illegal hunting.
Dolphins and whales are among the species prohibited of hunting under international law and Amaraweera said that it was a prime duty of the nation to safe guard these mammals.
He further said that fishers involved in such illegal acts would have their permits terminated.
Sri Lanka, which is situated within the international whaling commission’s protected zone in the Indian Ocean, is becoming a major tourist spot for watching whales and dolphins.
The island’s west coast in locations from Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya, Mirissa or Dondra Point of down south, east coast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka are the main ports of whale and dolphin watching in Sri Lanka.