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Coastal investigations for sustainable development of fisheries infrastructure


A. H. R. Ratnasooriya ,

University of Moratuwa, LK
About A. H. R.

Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering

Eng. AMIE(Sri Lanka), B.Sc.Eng.(Hons) (Moratuwa), M.Phil (Moratuwa),

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S. P. Samarawickrama

University of Moratuwa, LK
About S. P.

Eng. (Prof.), Department of Civil Engineering

C. Eng., MIE(Sri Lanka), B.Sc.Eng.Hons.(Moratuwa), PhD(London), DIC

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Plans have been formulated by the government to increase the fish production and the national targets indicate significant increases in marine fisheries production. The expansion of the marine fishing fleet and the development of appropriate fisheries infrastructure for the operation of such craft would play a vital role in achieving the future targets for fish production. A number of studies were thus conducted to assess the feasibility of developing sustainable fisheries infrastructure in various parts of the country. The attention in these investigations was mainly focused on related coastal engineering aspects in order to minimise the adverse impacts on the facility as well as the neighbouring coastline to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of any proposed development. Attempts were made to assess, qualitatively, the exposure of the sites to the nearshore wave climate and the resulting coastal processes related to sediment (sand) transport in the vicinity. The forms of coastal constructions required were identified and the severity of potential impacts due to such developments was considered to assess the suitability of the sites for potential development. The details of selected investigations conducted in eastern, northern, south-western and southern regions are presented and the recommendations are elaborated.


ENGINEER, Vol. 48, No.01, pp.71-81, 2015
How to Cite: Ratnasooriya, A.H.R. and Samarawickrama, S.P., 2015. Coastal investigations for sustainable development of fisheries infrastructure. Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 48(1), pp.71–81. DOI:
Published on 23 Jan 2015.
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