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Dr. D.C.T. Dissanayake

B.Sc.(Colombo), M.Sc. (Kalaniya), Ph.D.(Iceland)
Senior Lecturer 
chamari@sjp.ac.lk
Research Interests: Shellfish aquaculture, Fish stock assessment and fisheries management

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Qualifications:

  • B. Sc. (Special) Degree in Zoology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • M.Sc. University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Ph. D., University of Iceland

Special Achievements/Awards:

  • University Research Award for publishing research paper/s in SCI journal in 2016 and 2017.
  • University Research Award in appreciation of obtaining an external research grant from 2010 to 2015.
  • Presidential Award for Scientific Publications in 2012.
  • NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publications in 2010.

Scholarships / Fellowships:

  • UNU-FTP (United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme) fellowship to follow PhD in the University of Iceland in 2008.
  • UNU-FTP fellowship to participate training programme on ‘Marine and Inland Waters Resources, Assessment and Monitoring’, Reykjavik, Iceland in 2005.
  • ADB (Asian Development Bank) funded scholarship to follow M.Sc. in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management in the University of Kelaniya in 2001.

Administrative experience:

  • Course Coordinator, M.Sc. in Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura from October 2016 to date
  • President, Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR) from June 2016 to May 2017
  • Wise President, Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR) from May 2015 to May 2016
  • Committee member, Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR) from May 2014 to May 2015 and May 2017 to date
  • Task force leader and on board Researcher of Underwater Visual Census (UVC) conducted for chank and sea cucumbers in the northwest and east coasts of Sri Lanka under the CENARA project in 2007-2009.

Research Interests:

  • Shellfish Aquaculture
  • Fish Stock Assessment and Fisheries Management

Research projects:

  • Principal Investigator of National Research Council (NRC) Grant 15-050 titled as “Increasing the value of sea cucumber harvests by improving postharvest processing and marketing” which is funded by the National Research Council (NRC) of Sri Lanka and grant value is Rs.3,533,500.00 (2015 to 2018)
  • Principal Investigator of “Value chain analysis of sea cucumber fishing industry in Sri Lanka” which was funded by the University Research Grant (ASP//06/RE/SCI/2013/18) in 2014 and grant value is Rs. 450,000.00

Research publications:

  1. P.A.D. Ajith Kumara and D.C.T. Dissanayake (2017). Preliminary study on broodstock rearing, induced breeding and grow-out culture of the sea cucumber Holothuria scabra in Sri Lanka. Aquaculture Research, 48: 1058-1069.
  2. H.B.U.G.M. Wimalasiri and D.C.T. Dissanayake (2016). Reproductive biology of the three spot swimming crab Portunus sanguinolentus (Herbst, 1783) from the west coast of Sri Lanka with a novel approach to determine the maturity stage of male gonads. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 60(4):243-253.
  3. K. B. E. Chathurika and D.C.T. Dissanayake (2016). Initial study on catch, species composition and reproductive biology of fishes off the south-west coast of Sri Lanka, targeted by ring nets while utilizing natural floating objects. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 32(3): 464-470.
  4. P.A.D. Ajith Kumara, J.S. Jayanatha, J. Pushpakumara and D.C.T. Dissanayake (2013). Artificial breeding and larval rearing of three tropical sea cucumber species: Holothuria scabra, Pseudocolochirus violaceus and Colochirus quadrangularis in Sri Lanka. SPC Beche de mer Information Bulletin, 33: 30-36.
  5. D.C.T. Dissanayake and G. Stefansson (2012). Present status of the commercial sea cucumber fishery in the coastal waters of Sri Lanka. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 92(4): 831-841.
  6. D.C.T. Dissanayake and G. Stefansson (2012). Habitat preference of sea cucumbers: Holothuria atra and Holothuria edulis in the coastal waters of Sri Lanka. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 92(3): 581-590.
  7. D.C.T. Dissanayake and Sujeewa Athukorala (2011). Abundance, distribution and some biological aspects of Holothuria edulis off the northwest coast of Sri Lanka. SPC Beche de mer Information Bulletin, 31: 39-44.
  8. D.C.T. Dissanayake and G. Stefansson (2010). Reproductive biology of the commercial sea cucumber Holothuria atra (Holothuroidea: Aspidochirotida) in the northwestern coastal waters of Sri Lanka. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 54(2): 65-76.
  9. D.C.T. Dissanayake and G. Stefansson (2010). Abundance and distribution of commercial sea cucumbers in the coastal waters of Sri Lanka. Aquatic Living Resources 23(3): 303-313.
  10. K.A.T. Dananjanie, M.D.S.T. de Croos and D.C.T. Dissanayake (2009). Gillnet selectivity and food and feeding habits of Sphyraena obtusata and Sphyraena jello in the coastal waters off Negombo Sri Lanka. Journal of National Aquatic Resources Research and development Agency (NARA), 39: 1-16.
  11. D.C.T. Dissanayake, Sujeewa Athukorala and C. Amarasiri (2010). Present status of sea cucumber fishery in Sri Lanka. SPC Beche de mer Information Bulletin, 30: 14-20.
  12. D.C.T. Dissanayake, E.K.V. Samaraweera and C. Amarasiri (2008). Fishery and feeding habits of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) targeted by coastal tuna longlining in the north western and north eastern coasts of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Aquatic Science, 13: 1-21.
  13. D.C.T. Dissanayake and M.J.S. Wijeyaratne (2007). Studies on the sea cucumber fishery in the north western coastal region of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Aquatic Science, 12: 19-37.

Postgraduate supervision:

  • S.M. Fahim (2016). Served as a supervisor for MSc thesis, Artificial breeding, larval rearing and grow-out culture of the sea cucumber, Holothuria scabra in Sri Lanka, Faculty of graduate studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • Dayaratne (ongoing). Serving as a supervisor for MSC thesis, Taxonomic identification of sea cucumbers in the coastal waters of Sri Lanka, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya
  • B.U.G.M. Wimalasiri (ongoing). Serving as a supervisor for MPhil thesis, Preliminary study on planktonic bioluminescence in the marine waters of Sri Lanka, Faculty of graduate studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
  • Nishanthan (ongoing). Serving as a supervisor for PhD thesis, Increasing the value of sea cucumber harvests by improving postharvest processing and marketing, Faculty of graduate studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Contribution to National Development:

  • Serving as a member of A/L Biosystem technology syllabus revision committee of National Institute of Education (NIE) since 2016 to date
  • Served as a Technical Expert for the Working Group Committee on Fisheries and Fishery Products to formulation of a National Standard for Beche-de-mer/ Processed Sea Cucumbers at Sri Lanka Standard Institute in 2016-2017.

Text Books:

  1. Dissanayake D.C.T. and G. Nishanthan (2016). Fresh and Processed Sea Cucumbers of Sri Lanka-Identification Guide (ISBN 978-955-0263-07-3). pp 38.
  2. B.G. Long, C. Amarasiri, A. Rajasuriya, D.C.T. Dissanayake, U.S.P.K. Liyanage, R.P.P.K. Jayasinge, A.A.S.H. Athukorala, K.M.B.C. Karunathilaka, H.S.G. Fernando and W.V.A.T.D. Fernando (2010) Sri Lanka Fisheries Atlas. pp.162
  3. Dissanayake D.C.T. and A.A.S.H. Athukorala (2010). Booklet on commercial sea cucumbers in the coastal waters of Sri Lanka (in Sinhala)

Membership in Professional Societies:

  • Life member : Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR)
  • Member : Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET)
  • Member : Institute of Biology in Sri Lanka (IOB)