Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia beach areareducing due to sea erosion

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Text & Pics By H H Dharmapala   

The traditional fishermen along the coastal areas of Dehiwala, Mt Lavinia, Lunawa, Moratuwa and Modera areas are undergoing severe hard ships due to the beach area being eroded by the sea waves.   
Earlier they had sufficient space to keep their boats and have the beach area to dry their nets and spend free times.   


This has affected the tourist industry as well as tourists converge in large numbers to the beach area and engage in sea bathing and enjoying the sunlight. Now they have very limited space to move about. Even families who visit the beach for leisure are disappointed with the small area of beach front that is available.   


The fishermen who brings ashore their daily catch also finds it difficult in the absence of a place to sell the fish as the space is overcrowded with shanties and other temporary huts. Their requests for relief has fallen on deaf ears.   


In the absence of a jetty to launch the boats the fishermen have to wade through deep seas pushing their boats.   


The secretary of the Mt Lavinia United Fishermen’s Association Kumara Joseph said that this issue had been brought to the notice of the authorities over the years but nothing had been done.   
“When boats went out to sea at night and they come back with a good catch but that is not the case anymore. It has become more difficult lately,” he concluded.   


Untitled-9Another fisherman went on to say that some parts of the coastal line was more eroded than others and this made things even more difficult for fishermen in the area.     

 

In the absence of a jetty to launch the boats the fishermen have to wade through deep seas pushing their boats.