Public urged not to fear consuming fish

The public have been urged not to fear consuming fish despite the large amounts of plastic and other material from the MV X-Press Pearl floating in the sea.

State Minister of Fisheries Kanchana Wijesekera said that coastal fishing between Panadura and Negombo has already been banned.

He said the ban was enforced from last Sunday when the sea began to get polluted from the MV X-Press Pearl.

However, he said that there is no ban on deep sea fishing.

The State Minister said that the fish already in the market is safe to consume.

He also said that a decision has been taken to offer financial assistance to fishermen affected by the MV X-Press Pearl incident.

Wijesekera said that financial assistance will also be given to others affected by the fire.

The fire on the ship MV X-Press Pearl has had a serious impact on the environment with debris now spread between Negombo and Moratuwa.

A cleanup operation is underway on the beach as bags full of plastic and other hazardous material continue to get washed ashore.

The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) said that major damage has already been caused to the environment as a result of the blaze on the ship which has lasted for a week as of yesterday (Thursday). (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Let us decipher the statement of Minister Kanchana Wijesekera : ‘The tide only comes in. It does not go out. Therefore there is no risk of contamination to the food chain.

    We ( Sri Lankan govt) have said: “don’t eat meat, now we are saying, don’t eat coastal fish. We have never said, don’t eat chicken fed with meat and bone meal ( cause of mad cow disease) and injected with steroids. However, if people have any concerns they can eat cake instead.” “ This is good advice because a wise Frenchwoman said so. And being a scholar as well as a minister, I have read all the classics.

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