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SL Navy seizes 31st Indian poaching trawler, 195 fishermen arrested in 2023

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Mannar, Dec 7 (Daily Mirror) - Twenty-one Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy during special operations conducted to chase away Indian poaching trawlers from Sri Lankan waters yesterday.

The Navy said the separate operations led to the seizure of 04 Indian trawlers with 21 fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters off Mannar and Kovilan, Kankesanthurai.

The North Central Naval Command and Northern Naval Command deployed their Fast Attack Craft and Inshore Patrol Craft to chase away a cluster of Indian poaching trawlers, after having spotted they were engaging in illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters on Wednesday evening.

In these operations, the North Central Naval Command held 01 Indian poaching trawler that continued to remain in island waters off Mannar, with 08 Indian fishermen aboard. Similarly, the Northern Naval Command apprehended 03 Indian poaching trawlers with 13 fishermen who were poaching off Kovilan, Kankesanthurai.

The apprehended Indian fishermen and the poaching trawlers were brought to the Talaimannar Pier and Kankesanthurai harbour and they will be handed over to the Talaimannar and Jaffna Fisheries Inspectors for onward legal action.

Meanwhile, the Navy said they have seized 31 Indian poaching trawlers and apprehended 195 Indian fishermen so far in 2023. Following these, the poaching trawlers and fishermen have been handed over to relevant authorities for legal action.


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  • ANTON Thursday, 07 December 2023 12:12 PM

    MAKE IT POLICY / LAW TO IMMEDIATELY DESTROY (BURN) THE SEIZED TRAWLERS.

    Dharmatileke Thursday, 07 December 2023 01:38 PM

    Place depth charges along territorial boundaries so that would be fair for fishermen of both countries

    mario Friday, 08 December 2023 09:18 AM

    Most Indian/Sri Lankan fishermen do not have sophisticated boats or equipment. Maritime boundaries are very foreign to them. Intrusion on both sides is bound to happen.


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