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54 Indian fishermen arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

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The Navy had taken five Indian fishing vessels along with 54 Indian nationals into the custody for poaching illegally in the Sri Lankan waters.

Having considered the impact of foreign fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters on the local fishing community and the sustainability of fishery resources of Sri Lanka, the Navy is conducting regular patrols to curb illegal fishing activities in Sri Lankan waters.

During similar patrols, naval units attached to Northern Naval Command nabbed an Indian fishing vessel with 14 personnel onboard in the seas off Kovilan, Jaffna.

The seized vessel had a steel hull which was 75ft long and 22ft wide and possessed an engine of approx. 280 hp, capable of harvesting a huge fish stock with its motorized trawls.

Meanwhile, 1030kg of illegally caught fish and fishing gear used for the illegal act were also held by the Navy.
Further, the North Central Naval Command took hold of two more Indian fishing vessels with 20 personnel for engaging in trawling in Sri Lankan territorial waters in the seas off Pesalai, Mannar in the seas off the Iranativu Island.

In the same vein, the Eastern Naval Command seized two Indian fishing vessels with 20 personnel and their fishing accessories whilst trawling in island’s waters in the seas off Mullaitivu. The vessels had trespassed into Sri Lankan waters, crossing the International Boundary Line (IMBL) when the apprehension was made, the navy said.

Thus, the illegal entry of foreign fishermen into Sri Lankan waters and the use of prohibited fishing methods like bottom trawling to catch even very small fish has seriously threatened the marine ecosystem and endanger the livelihood of fishermen in the northern part of the island. Accordingly, the Navy has previously informed the Indian authorities when similar incidents of trawling by Indian fishermen were reported, realizing the damage it causes to the fisheries and marine environment of Sri Lanka.

All these patrols were carried out adhering to safety and health guidelines in place for the prevention of COVID-19 spread and 05 Indian fishing vessels along with 54 personnel will be handed over to relevant authorities for onward legal action.(DSB)

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