In shallow waters

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

Spraying of pesticides and insecticides in paddy fields has posed serious threats to several varieties of rare and attractive fresh water fish in Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka. As paddy fields are close to the waterways, the chemicals reach these streams and rivers. The most beautiful variety of fresh water fish in the province, called Bulath Hapaya , has already disappeared from the streams, whereas other varieties such as Mal-Handaya , Thal-Koraliya , Weli-Gowwa and Lela may soon face extinction.

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