The Ministry of Fisheries has decided to grant a period of one month to catch Parrot fish which live in Sri Lanka’s shallow coastal waters. The colourful species belong to the Scaridae family and the Sri Lankan fishers call them “Giraw”.
These beautiful and colourful fish that grow up to 3 to 6 feet live among the coral reefs and marine plants mostly in the southern coastal sea. Following a request from environmental and tourism organizations, Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera instructed ministry officials to take necessary actions to prohibit Parrot fish fishing in Sri Lanka
After considering requests made by several parties on this fish species, the Fisheries Ministry has taken steps to provide another one month’s time to catch these fish. However according to ministry of Fisheries, a set of conditions is being prepared on catching these fish.
These fish are found in coral reefs, rocky coasts, and sea grass beds and they serve as a significant tourist attraction of Sri Lanka since many foreign tourists visit Sri Lanka to watch these fish.
Parrot-fish is considered as an environmentally-friendly fish that causes significant bio-erosion. This species has been endangered due to the fishing.