Sri Lanka Navy in collaboration with the MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd conducted a series of beach cleaning programmes across the island to mark the World Oceans Day which fell on 08 June 2018. The cleaning efforts were carried out at the beach areas of Kalpitiya, Crow Island, Hikkaduwa, Galle, Mirissa, Hambantota, Arugambay, Batticaloa, Nilaweli, Point Pedro, Thaleimannar and Nagadeepaya on 09th and 10th of this month. Meanwhile, similar programme is scheduled to be held at the Delft Island beach on 21st June.
The series of beach cleaning programmes were successfully executed under the guidance of Director General Operations and Marine and Eco Friendly Projects Steering Committee Head of the Navy, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva and supervision of Director Naval Operations and Maritime Surveillances, Commodore Sanjeewa Dias. The contribution of the Commanders of all Naval Areas, Director General Coast Guard and senior officers also played a prominent role for the successful conduct of the events. The tireless effort of 691 naval personnel, 434 staff members of the MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, 329 persons from government institutions and the public had been an altruistic gesture which collected 1235kg of plastic waste, 503kg of polythene, 1125kg of glass and 5401kg of mixed waste.
Being a prominent partner who is making a substantial contribution in maintaining an unpolluted coastal belt in the island, Sri Lanka Navy conducts weekly beach cleaning programmes in shoreline located adjacent to naval establishments. The conservation action theme for World Oceans Day 2018 is "Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean".
Cleaning programme in the Kalpitiya beach area
Cleaning programme in the Crow Island beach area of Mattakkuliya
Cleaning programme in the Hikkaduwa beach area
Cleaning programme in the Galle beach area
Cleaning programme in the Mirissa beach area
Cleaning programme in the Hambantota beach area
Cleaning programme in the Arugam Bay beach area
Cleaning programme in the Batticaloa beach area
Cleaning programme in the Nilaveli beach area of Trincomalee
Cleaning programme in the PPD beach area of Jaffna
Cleaning programme in the Nayanative Island beach area
Cleaning programme in the Talaimannar beach area