News By/Courtesy: Manishi Srivastava | 10 Mar 2019 22:42pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In Srilanka Conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a bid to move the heavily-trafficked lane about 28km away to help avoid collisions between whales and freighters
  • When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, it is not good for the endangered marine mammals.
  • The marine biologists estimate there are between 600 and 1500 feeding on tiny shrimp in the shipping lane, and are also believed to mate and give birth nearby.

In Srilanka Conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a bid to move the heavily-trafficked lane about 28km away to help avoid collisions between whales and freighters and therefore, this surely is a bad news for them. When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, it is not good for the endangered marine mammals. There are almost hundreds of blue whales in Sri Lankan water. The marine biologists estimate there are between 600 and 1500 feeding on tiny shrimp in the shipping lane, and are also believed to mate and give birth nearby. Shipping executives say they would gladly relocate the traffic corridor, recognising their ships would be safer in waters not already clogged with fishing vessels, whale-watching boats and the whales themselves, which can grow to more than 33 metres, more than twice the length of a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur. Bryan Wood-Thomas, vice president of the World Shipping Council, said the group wrote to the Sri Lankan prime minister in 2017, affirming that all major international shipping organizations believed Sri Lanka should work with the United Nations to move its traffic lane."This is one of the few cases in the world where we can physically separate ships from where the whales are"- Wood-Thomas said. Yes, it adds a little distance, fuel and money to shipping costs, but the extra cost is really minor. There are other places in the world where doing this would incur significant fuel costs or add a lot of time to the journey that businesses will not be happy to absorb"-he added. A decision would "hopefully" be made in March he told.

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 10 Mar 2019 22:50pm IST


Tags : #Sri-Lanka#Environment

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