The National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) is the principal National Institute charged with the responsibility of carrying out and coordinating research, development and management activities on the subject of Aquatic Resources in Sri Lanka. It is managed by a Board of Governors consisting partly of members appointed by the Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Resources and also of certain Ex-officio members. The National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency Act No. 54 of 1981 established NARA in 1981. The main objective then was to face the challenges offered by the 200 nautical miles Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which Sri Lanka was endowed with, as an outcome of the third United Nations Conference on Law of the Sea. The area of EEZ represents a sea territory covering 460,000 Sq. km, which is around 08 times the land territory of Sri Lanka. With a jurisdiction over such vast sea territory, it is imperative for Sri Lanka to gear herself to proper management of this area and to integrate activities on fisheries and aquatic resources in her development plans.
National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency
- National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency Nara Rd, Colombo 15
- 011 252 1000