The booming prawn
industry in Sri Lanka
has Worried environmentalists. They fear
that mangroves will
be destroyed to make way
for prawn farms and that prime
land will be encroached upon,
resulting in the destruction of fish
breeding grounds and damaging
biodiversity. Besides, the waste
from the enterprises will add to the
The focus of the controversy is the Chilaw lake in the northwestern province, where prawn farmers have set up many ponds of about 12 ha each. according to a Panos report. These ponds yield about 50.000 prawns per ha. which sell for approximately Rs 400 each in the US and Japan.
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