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Important Update


Large areas of the Western Province coast have been affected due to the recent MV X-Press Pearl ship accident. Due to the complexity of its cargo, several environment challenges have arisen. These include high toxic levels both at sea and the coast. Bunk oil spill, ashes and ship debris at sea and on the shorelines, high amounts of plastic pellets spilled onto the ocean now covering large swaths coastline along the western side of Sri Lanka, toxic fumes mixed with monsoon rains resulting in toxic rain and poor air quality.
The Pearl Protectors will be launching the ‘Nurdle Free Lanka’ campaign with the objective of removing all plastic nurdles from the shorelines of Sri lanka. The campaign will focus on utilizing sieving apparatus tools, mobilizing volunteers and conducting shoreline pellet pollution variation surveying. The campaign will initially continue for three months within the limits of Western province.
We welcome you to support this campaign through donations or by registering as a Protector of the Pearl Volunteer. 

World Oceans Day Through Art - Exhibition and Competition

Await the new virtual exhibition portal set to go live soon. The team is diligently processing all the artwork before being published online. All submissions will be exhibited. 

We have received over 1000 submissions making the World Oceans Day through Art competition the largest virtual art exhibition.

New Publication on Maritime Adversities Around Sri Lanka

International maritime trade has been increasing over the recent years and with it, maritime traffic and adversities. Sri Lanka’s geographical location places it right in the middle of the global trade network with the island located between the two major maritime oil chokepoints in the Indian ocean and the East-West shipping route passing close to the southern coast.
This report focuses on the major maritime adversities that have occurred from 1994 to 2021 in regional and Sri Lankan waters. 


Are you passionate about protecting our oceans? Join us as a volunteer to make an impact by taking part in various projects that aim to conserve our marine environment.

Pearl Protector Approved

The Pearl Protectors launched the ‘Pearl Protector Approved’ Accredited Standardization Certificate, which for the first time recognizes restaurants and food vendors in Sri Lanka that eliminate single-use plastic items based on three levels of commitments.

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