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National Node of the BCH
Competent National Authority
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2005-05-06 10:04 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2019-12-13 08:28 UTC (sec@mahaweli.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2019-12-13 08:29 UTC (sec@mahaweli.gov.lk)

General information
  • Sri Lanka
Name of the Competent National Authority
Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
New Secretariat
Colombo 10, Western
Sri Lanka, 01000
Phone:+94 112 446 183 [Ext: 200],+94 112 449 170,+94 112 472 187
Fax:+94 112 449 170
Regulatory function
Administrative functions
  • Competent National Authorities and National Focal Points
  • LMOs for direct use as food
  • LMOs for processing
  • Transboundary movement (import/export)
Detailed description of the regulatory functions
Management, conservation,development and regulation of fisheries and aquatic resources by adopting new technologies in compliance with the national and international laws and treaties for the productive contribution to the Sri Lankan economy through sustainable utilization of fishery resources is the main focus. To achieve this objective;
Registration of fishing boats and issuance of operating licenses
Licensing of fishing operations
Licensing of fish processing 
Regulation of Export & Import
High Seas Fishing Management
Lagoon Management are main regulatory functions
Types of LMOs under its jurisdiction
Additional contact information
Contact person
Director General
Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
New Secretariat, Maligawatte
Sri Lanka
Phone:+0094 11 2449170 / 2442187
Fax:+0094 11 2449170
Additional Information
Additional Information
Currently, there are no legislation on biosafety has been published under the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act No. 02 of 1996.