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Sri Lankan Navy arrests 23 Indian fishermen, seizes 5 trawlers for alleged poaching

Colombo, 14 October

The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 23 Indian fishermen and seized two trawlers for allegedly poaching in the country’s waters, an official statement said on Thursday.

The Navy arrested the fishermen off the coast of Vettilakeni in the Point Pedro area of ​​the Northern Province.

“Keeping in view the impact of poaching of foreign fishermen in Sri Lankan waters on the local fishing community and the sustainability of Sri Lanka’s fishery resources, the Navy will undertake regular patrols as well as prevent illegal fishing activities in the island’s waters. operating.” Navy said in a statement.

The operation also confiscated fishing gear from vessels that had been used for the illegal fishing practice known as ‘bottom trawling’, and fish caught by the same fishing method. a stock of.

In March, the Navy seized five fishing vessels and 54 Indian nationals for poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

The Navy said that due to the COVID pandemic, seizures of foreign fishing vessels were limited and arrests were repatriated.

With a view to protect the fishery resources claimed by Sri Lanka and to secure the livelihood of local fishermen, to prevent illegal fishing practices and other illegal acts by foreign fishermen, the Navy conducts regular operations in Sri Lankan waters following the Covid protocols. Will continue to patrol. , the release said. PTI

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