SHIPWRECKS IN SRI LANKA

SHIPWRECKS IN SRI LANKA

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Nations Trust WNPS Monthly Lecture SHIPWRECKS IN SRI LANKA Archaeological Heritage, Biodiversity Hotspots & Magnets For Recreational DiversJoin us on the 20th January 2022 6 pm, Jasmine Hall, BMICHAlso via zoom and FB livePresented by Arjan Rajasuriya, Chathurika Munasinghe, Dharshana Jayawardene & Rasika MutukumaranaSri Lanka has long been at the centre of ancient maritime routes, attracting explorers, traders, and invaders for centuries. As with all of mankind’s adventures, there are the inevitable misadventures – resulting in a myriad of shipwrecks dotted along the island’s seabed. They have inadvertently left us a legacy – an unrivaled and unique cultural treasure, lying in the depths of the ocean around us. The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society is mandated to preserve and protect the country’s wildlife and nature, including marine habitats and their inhabitants.Speakers: Keynote by Arjan Rajasuriya, Coral ecologist, formerly of NARA, contributed to the establishment of marine protected areas.Rasika Mutukumarana, Maritime Archaeologist, Maritime Archaeological Unit, Central Cultural Fund, Galle – Archaeological Heritage: The Ancient Shipwrecks.Dharshana Jayawardene, Technical Diver, Cave Diver and Underwater Explorer – Shipwrecks of The Age of Steam, including wartime wrecks: Tourist Magnets.Chathurika Munasinghe, Marine Biologist, Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya – Shipwrecks as Biodiversity Hotspots: Services to the Fishery Industry.The monthly lecture of the WNPS is supported by the Nations Trust Bank. We are happy to recommence our physical lecture whilst continuing live on Zoom and other platformsWe kindly request the members to follow all health and safety requirements at BMICH