I am interested in spreading awareness with my Infographic not only in dive shops but also in more public places such as colleges, ministries, schools, etc. I want more people to read and learn about the salvaging of shipwrecks in and if possible outside Sri Lanka. Although it may be an issue in the country, outside forces can always help. If you are interested or know someone willing to hang up this infographic please leave me a message in my inbox or at email@example.com
Wreck diving in Sri Lanka.
Info Graphic - Shipwrecks
I really hope that the the info graphic will be a success. I find it important for people in our communities to be aware that the problem of Shipwrecks being salvages is present here in Sri Lanka and understand that it has to be stopped. In my opinion this info graphic should be hung in dive shops and dive centers in Sri Lanka as well as in schools and colleges. Help spread awareness!
Info Graphic. Final Product. Send me a note if you are interested in a printed copy.
*copyright. All this material belongs to Anjleen Hannak. OSC. 2012.
Map of Shipwrecks around the coast of Sri Lanka.
Main Threats to Shipwrecks in Sri Lanka
There are several threats to shipwrecks in Sri Lanka.
- · Damages from entangled Trawl nets in areas with shipwrecks.
- · Partial or full Salvaging of Scrap metal for sale
- · Looting of Historical Artifacts
But the main threat is of course the removal of Shipwreck from their habitat. They salvaged for their scrap metal. But the shipwreck is a benefit to a lot of people and that is why we need to safe the Shipwrecks of Sri Lanka!
Things you can do:
- Create awareness about the benefits of shipwrecks in a community.
- Involve local fishermen and dive operators to ensure good anchoring practices.
- Choose only professional and responsible dive operators.
- - As a diver follow good dive practices (maintaining good buoyancy, no removal of artifacts, etc.)
- Promote wreck diving as a touristic attraction to allow local economy to succeed.
Get involved anyway you can using the points above.
The more people know about the problem, the more there are to stop it.
Environmental Value of Shipwrecks
There is an extremely large population of fish and marine life living in the shipwrecks. “The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry has imposed an immediate ban on salvaging of shipwrecks on the grounds that salvaging shipwrecks results in the destruction of fish breeding grounds, millions of fish eggs and their reproduction,” (Daily News). The quote talks about how shipwrecks are important for the increasing of the fish population.
The coral population on the other hand is small and consists mostly of soft coral. The reason is that hard corals take longer to grow. An abiotic reef is more of a safe haven for fish. No extreme fishing can be done there and no anchor can be thrown down so the corals are safe too. But biotics reef have a larger variety of fish and are more diverse. Reefs will always have a higher potential value then Shipwrecks but shipwrecks can last longer and are considered better. I think we must find a way to keep both ‘homes’ safe for fish and corals.
Marine Life surrounding the Medhufaru.
To dive shops (and its employees) and dive instructors shipwrecks are an economic benefit to them because of the divers the shipwreck attracts. For the Medhufaru estimated 100 divers come per month during the diving season. About 15-20 divers come per day (usually on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). In total one earns about 500 thousand Rps per month on one shipwreck. 70 – 80% of the divers in Sri Lanka come for wreck diving (Ajith).
The tourism stake holders (tourism promotion, tour operators, Hotel owners in areas with shipwrecks) can also benefit if aknowledged. Not a lot of them promote wreck diving and see it more as a large cost (need safety equipment, dive operators, regular checkups to see if everything is ok). The government needs to encourage more people to start dive shops and business. This could get more of the community involved and give jobs to the unemployed (boat guys, equipment people, waiters, clean up crew, etc.). One shipwreck can provide an income to a lot of people.