Mr. Anura Paranagama (B.Sc.) - Aquaculture Specialist

Area of Expertise:

  • Modelling Aquatic Resources Management
  • marine and brackish water aquaculture
  • specialty aquaculture feeds
  • post-harvest management
  • hatchery management
  • captive breeding
  • cage farming
  • marine biology
  • Natural habitats
  • Freshwater ecosystems

B Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Aqua Hatcheries Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd and Aqua ‘N Green Ltd. (Since 1991).

25 years of experience in marine and brackish water aquaculture in Sri Lanka.

The founder Chairman of two prominent companies in aquaculture industry in Sri Lanka: Aqua Hatcheries Lanka Ltd and Aqua ‘N Green Ltd. 

Team leader in the joint venture between Aqua Hatcheries Lanka and   Blue Limit AS of Norway to develop specialty aquaculture feeds. (2006-2010).

Hatchery Production Manager of Carson’s Aquaculture Ltd, then the largest Aquaculture project in Sri Lanka (1988 to 1992).

Research Assistant – Member of plant pathology research team headed by Prof. NKB Adhikaram, Dept. of Botany University of Peradeniya,Sri Lanka. (1986- 1988)

Establishment of breeding process and cage farming of Asian sea bass (Barramundi/ Lates calcarifer) for the 1st time in Sri Lanka.

Provided consultancies, training and strengthening of beneficiaries participated in various pilot projects to establish economic and environmental feasibility of sea bass cage farming such as: Pilot Project on Cage culture in Negombo lagoon Phase II, Sri Lanka –German Development Cooperation, Post tsunami ecosystem Restoration Project.

Pilot testing sea bass cage culture in Palakuda lagoon in Thirukkovil (Ampara district) to raise income levels of local fisheries communities and reduce fishing pressure in the lagoon in the Project area.

Implemented “Integrated Aquaculture Project “in the Trincomalee district (during 2010- 2013), a community participated aquaculture project with objective of value chain enhancement of high value sea food, thus fish breeding, farming, processing and marketing of high value sea foods.  

carried out series of successful field trials to develop an economical and eco-friendly wet and dry feeds for milkfish and sea bass using waste fish as main ingredient and successfully developed a process and formula of sea bass feed feasible in cage culture.

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