The Marine Project volunteers are helping to find solutions to save our marine environment

On Friday we watched fishermen coming back from their early morning fishing. Getting to know the methods and practices of the local fishermen and the





"On Friday we watched fishermen coming back from their early morning fishing. Getting to know the methods and practices of the local fishermen and the way these people interact with the ocean is the key to understanding their impact on the marine ecosystems." Tim Gotz, Germany


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Waiting for the fishermen to haul their net to collect information on the species that are caught


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An unusual fish: A Sea Robin or Gunard (Lepidotrigla longipinnis)


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A sea snake of the genus Hydrophis caught in a fishing net and died as a result of suffocation


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By catch accounts for the loss of many species, including sea turtles, dugongs and dolphins.


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A Ladyfish or Ten Pounder (Elops machnata) known locally as the Mannawa is not commercially valued. Yet it is caught during fishing for other commercially valuable species


The current levels of effective management and conservation work being carried out in relation to Sri Lanka’s marine and coastal ecosystems is inadequate and need greater efforts considering that over one million people make a living from marine resources. With the reduction in conflict and increase in safety, tourism and investment comes an opportunity to help preserve and regenerate some of Sri Lanka’s unique and economically important marine and coastal ecosystems and biodiversity while benefiting local communities through preserving and restoring sources of food and income.


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Reef fishes, various crustaceans and echinoderms are caught for the ornamental fish industry


The Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society is currently working to establish a broad spectrum, long term marine research and conservation center on the west coast of Sri Lanka. The center will provide a base to enable monitoring, education, hands on conservation and research into the unique and sensitive Sri Lankan marine environment in relation to climate change, pollution and resource use.


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The Marine Project is be based in the Kalpitiya Peninsular in the Northwestern Province in the Puttalam District. The project focuses on both brackish water and marine ecosystems in an effort to understand the synergies, correlations and co-dependency between these two environments to make Kalpitiya one of the most biologically diverse marine ecosystems in Sri Lanka. The Kalpitiya-Karaitive-Puttalam Coastal Wetlands Complex includes the Puttalam Lagoon, which is the largest inland brackish water body in Sri Lanka. The Puttalam Lagoon was identified as a wetland of international importance and listed in the Directory of Asian Wetlands in 1989.


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A sun dried and brittle shell of a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)


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Sea Grass beds are one of the most important ecosystems that helps maintain the health of the lagoon


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The rare Pink or Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins (Sousa plumbea) in the Puttalam Lagoon


The Marine Project is based on joint and innovative research and collaborative spirit that encourages civil society participation and citizen science. The Marine Project will be a practical demonstration of integrating scientific research and community-based conservation with the principles of ecotourism, green technology and sustainable development.

Our efforts will contribute to increasing the knowledge about Sri Lanka’s marine resources and in their conservation and sustainable management.

The Marine Project offers volunteers the opportunity to participate in field work to study as well as help in the conservation of threatened and endangered marine, coastal and lagoon environments by supporting and assisting the SLWCS research scientists in their activities.


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Fish catch studies


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Invasive species and fouling studies


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Invasive fouling barnacle


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An attractive mollusc shell


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Beach pollution studies


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Sea snakes of the genus Hydrophis


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Marine mammals studies


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A pod of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris)


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Mangrove studies and conservation


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Volunteers are crucial to our research and conservation efforts


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Economic incentives play a crucial role in nature conservation at all levels of society―local to global. It is particularly important to have appropriate incentives for marine conservation since marine resource use is very closely linked to rural coastal communities livelihoods.

The SLWCS Maine Project is a broad spectrum, long term marine research and conservation project that will develop a new paradigm for community-based marine conservation in Sri Lanka.


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An immersive, hands on experiential program for marine research and conservation


For information about the Marine Project Volunteering Program please contact us at:



Spinner dolphins skim off the coastal waters of Kalpitiya.


Big, rumbling thanks to our Corporate Partners for their kind support and to everyone who has donated and supported our wildlife conservation efforts!


Photo Credits:

Ruvini Weerasinghe/SLWCS
Chinthaka Weerasinghe/SLWCS
Lasun Anuranga/SLWCS
Asitha Lakmal/SLWCS
Ravi Corea/SLWCS
Ajantha Palliyawadana (pink dolphins)
Pelagikos (dead dugong)


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Thanks & Regards,


Associate Software  Engineer

EFutures Private Limited

No. 20/54, Fairfield Gardens, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka. 
M – 0775309503  Web – 

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