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Introducing the Largest Panel of Experts on Sustaining and Protecting our Oceans.
 
The Pearl Protectors will be hosting a four-day virtual summit covering a range of timely and important thematic areas related to our ocean. The World Oceans Day Summit – Sri Lanka is organized in partnership with the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), Blue Resource Trust and International World Ocean Day. The Exclusive Patron of the Summit is the Delegation of the EU to Sri Lanka and Maldives while Summit Patrons are Dilmah Conservation and Keells. Supporting Patron is Plasticcycle.
 
The main themes:
• Sri Lanka’s Marine Biodiversity
• Ocean Pollution and Solutions
• Ocean-Based Resource Economy
• The Way Forward for our Oceans
 
World Oceans Day Summit 2021 will be Live Broadcasted on YouTube and Facebook.

Important Update

MV X-PRESS PEARL DISASTER

 
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 not mobilize any volunteers for physical cleanups at present due to travel restrictions on COVID19 and due to the increased toxic levels at sea and shorelines. We are currently liaising with MEPA and several organizations such as ‘Oceans Asia’ in finding best solutions to collect the plastic pellets.
 
We welcome you to register as a Protector of the Pearl Volunteer so to keep you updated on possible volunteer opportunities. 
 

World Oceans Day Through Art - Exhibition and Competition

 
Join us in celebrating World Oceans Day through Art
We invite all artists to submit your artwork depicting ‘The beauty of the marine environment’ or ‘Ocean pollution’ before 4th June.

The Pearl Protectors in partnership with Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), Blue Resources Trust, Dilmah Conservation and International World Ocean Day in celebrating the day in Sri Lanka.

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. 

Volunteer

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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