Sri Lanka

The fishing industry in Sri Lanka plays a vital role in the country's economy, providing employment opportunities and contributing significantly to the nation's food security. With its extensive coastline and rich marine resources, Sri Lanka has a diverse range of fishing activities, including both traditional and modern methods.
Sri Lanka, Eastern province, Passikudah, fishermen on Passikudah beach


The fishing industry in Sri Lanka faces several challenges that need to be addressed for sustainable growth. Overfishing, illegal fishing practices, and climate change impacts pose threats to the industry's long-term viability. It is crucial for the government and stakeholders to implement effective management strategies, promote responsible fishing practices, and invest in infrastructure development to ensure the sustainability of Sri Lanka's fishing industry.

Availability of safety equipment

One of the key issues facing Sri Lankan fishermen is the lack of access to proper safety equipment. Many fishermen do not have access to life jackets, safety helmets, or other essential gear that could protect them in case of accidents or emergencies at sea. This puts their lives at risk and increases the likelihood of fatalities.

Limited training and awareness

Another major challenge is the limited training and awareness regarding safety measures among Sri Lanka fishermen. Most fishermen lack formal training in swimming, first aid, or emergency response techniques. As a result, they may not be adequately prepared to handle dangerous situations such as capsizing, harsh weather conditions, or medical emergencies while out at sea.

Latest Work

We are dedicated to fostering collaboration with Sri Lanka to enhance fishing safety and promote sustainable development in the industry

'Train the Trainer', Safety at Sea Training Implemented in Sri Lanka

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has recently successfully implemented Train the Trainer, Safety at Sea training held in Negombo, Sri Lanka over 5 days from 22 to 26 May 2023, and facilitated by the FISH Safety Foundation.
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Fishers refuelling their boats, Negombo, Sri Lanka

Efforts are being made to address these safety concerns within the Sri Lanka fishing industry. FSF and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have been working closely with governments, local communities, and fisher associations to develop and implement safety training and programmes. These measures aim to enhance the safety culture within the sector by promoting effective communication, ensuring access to appropriate safety equipment, and providing comprehensive training for fishers.

Fishing boats in Negombo lagoon


Locations in Sri Lanka

Key People

Darren Mitchell
Project Manager / Trustee

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