Mrs K.B.C. Pushpalatha, Director (Extension)
National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka
Skills: Climate change, Culture-based fisheries, Food security, safety and certification, Freshwater finfish, Gender, Hatchery and nursery, Health, Livelihoods and social issues, Nutrition and feeding, Stock enhancement, Environment and sustainability, Training and education, Markets and trade, Governance, Freshwater prawns, Water quality, Ornamentals
My research interests include inland fisheries management and aquaculture development. I have 25 years research experience on culture-based fisheries development in Sri Lankan reservoirs. This has included the introduction of co-management to improve the socio-economic status of fishing communities; the development of community-based strategies to increase fish seed production to meet requirements at the national level; and the development of web-based systems to collect information related to culture-based fisheries (www.infis.gov.lk) with data input and maintenance handled by fishing communities. I am a member of the NACA Technical Advisory Committee (2015-2018) and a life member of Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
- Tilapia seed production – support culture-based fisheries societies to undertake fish seed production activities. FAO funded project FMM/GLO/112/MUL (Baby 4): Sri Lanka.
- Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Marginalized Agricultural Communities Living in the Mahaweli River Basin of Sri Lanka (CCAP II). UNDP funded project.
- Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project “Implementing aquaculture development programme in 40 minor tanks in Anuradhapura, Vavunia and Trincomalee Districts, Sri Lanka”. UNDP funded project.
- Jayantha Chandrasoma and K.B. Chandrani Pushpalatha (2018). Fisheries enhancements in inland waters in Sri Lanka with special reference to culture based fisheries: current status and impacts. Sri Lanka J. Aquat. Sci. 23(1) (2018): 49-65.
- H.S.W.A. Liyanage and K.B.C.Pushpalatha (2018). Farming of Seabass (Lates calcarifer) in net cages in Negombo Lagoon, Sri Lanka: Culture practices, fish production and profitability. Journal of Aquatic Science and Marine Biology Volume 1, Issue 2, 2018, PP 1-7.
- Jayantha Chandrasoma and K.B. Chandrani Pushpalatha (2018). Fisheries enhancements in inland waters in Sri Lanka with special reference to culture based fisheries: current status and impacts. Sri Lanka J. Aquat. Sci. 23(1): 49-65.
- K.B. Chandrani Pushpalatha and Jayantha Chandrasoma (2017). Impacts and Importance of Introduction of Culture-based Fisheries in Three Medium Sized Perennial Reservoirs in Sri Lanka. Asian Fisheries Science 30: 139−151.
- K.B.C. Pushpalatha, J. Chandrasoma, H.S.W.A. Liyanage, W.A.J.R. Fernando and J.M. Jayabahu (2016). Farming of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in backyard ponds in Sri Lanka: Culture practices, fish production and profitability. Sri Lanka J. Aquat. Sci. 21 (1): 27-34.
- K.B.C. Pushpalatha and U.S.Amarasinghe (2016). Community mobilization for establishment of culture-based fisheries in perennial reservoirs of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Wayamba University International Conference, Sri Lanka, 19-20 August 2016. 212p.
- K.B.C. Pushpalatha and U.S. Amarasinghe (2016). Community participation in monitoring of culture-based fisheries in reservoirs of Sri Lanka. The 3rd International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture, Negombo, Sri Lanka. 24-25 August 2016. 8p.
- Jayantha Chandrasoma and K.B. Chandrani Pushpalatha (2016). Introduction of a bowser for the transportation of fish seed in Sri Lanka: Impacts and economics. Sri Lanka J. Aquat. Sci. 21 (1): 19-25.
- K.B. Chandrani Pushpalatha, Jayantha Chandrasoma and W.M.J. Rohitha Fernando (2015). Impact of introduction of culture-based fisheries on fish production and socio-economic conditions of fishers in Ampara wewa, a medium perennial reservoir. Sri Lanka J. Aquat. Sci. 20 (2): 1-8.
- W.M.J. Rohitha Fernando, Jayantha Chandrasoma, K.B. Chandrani Pushpalatha and Mahinda Kulathilaka (2015). Co–management of the fishery of Senanayake Samudra, a large perennial reservoir in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka J. Aquat. Sci. 20 (2): 9-18.
- K.B.C. Pushpalatha and Chandrasoma J. (2009). Culture-based fisheries in minor perennial reservoirs in Sri Lanka; variability in production, stocked fish species and yield implications. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 1-6, 2009.
- Wijenayake, W.M.H.K., U.A.D. Jayasinghe, U.S. Amarasinghe, J.A. Athula, K.B.C. Pushpalatha and S.S. De Silva (2005). Culture-based fisheries in non-perennial reservoirs in Sri Lanka: production and relative performance of stocked species. Fisheries Management and Ecology 12: 249-258.
- K.B.C. Pushpalatha (2001). A case study of introduction of community based freshwater fish culture in Sri Lanka. Reservoir and Culture based fisheries; Biology and Management. Proceedings of an International workshop held in Bangkok Thailand 15 – 18 February 2000. ACIAR Proceedings No. 98 266–275 pp.
- Amarasinghe U.S. and K.B.C. Pushpalatha (1997). Gillnet selectivity of Ompok bimaculatus (Siluridae) and Puntius (=Barbus) dorsalis (Cyprinidae) in a small scale riverine fishery. Journal of National Science Council of Sri Lanka, 25 (3):169 -184.
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