Retired buses find their new home beneath the waterline

June 12, 2021

·  Project to culture artificial reefs in Northern waters

The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources with the assistance of Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) launched a project to culture artificial reef off the Delft Island yesterday (June 11).

According to the SLN, it is expected to enhance the biodiversity in the coastal waters off the islands in Jaffna peninsula along with the project.

As part of this project launched by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, 20 discarded buses will find their new home beneath the waterline off island sector in Jaffna which would lead to form artificial reefs conducive for marine environment, the SLN said.

Inaugurating the project, the SLN’s Northern Command has rendered their assistance to submerge four discarded buses, transferred by ‘Sayuru’, a dredging ship belonging to the Fishery Harbours Corporation, off Delft Island yesterday.

The SLN sources also stated that sea bed would be prime fish breeding ground thereafter and most artificial reefs will attracted marine life in due course.

Many species of fish will seek shelter in such deliberately buried underwater structures, they added.