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Sri Lankan Navy Arrest 49 Indian Poachers and 12 Trawlers

Colombo, 08, (

Sri Lanka Navy personnel arrested 49 Indian fishermen and impounded 12 fishing trawlers for trespassing into Sri Lankan territorial waters and engaging in illegal fishing last night and this morning (8).

The arrested fishermen are said to be hailing from Jagathapattinam in Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu.

The interception was made by Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command and Sri Lanka Coast Guard whilst on routine patrol.

Two of these fishing trawlers were impounded in the waters northwest of the Delft Island and the rest were taken into custody in the seas north of Kovilan Point, the SLN media unit said.

“These fishermen had ventured into Sri Lankan waters and practiced illegal bottom trawling which is considered as a destructive fishing method,” the statement said.

Having brought the arrested trawlers and fishing gear to the naval base SLNS Elara in Kareinagar and fishermen to SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurei, they are due to be handed over to the Assistant Fisheries Director in Jaffna for further legal action.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Navy on August 03 facilitated repatriation of 77 Indian fishermen, who were released from Sri Lankan custody as a gesture of goodwill, after detaining them for poaching in the island’s territorial waters.

- Asian Tribune -

Sri Lankan Navy Arrest 49 Indian Poachers and 12 Trawlers
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