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Feb 22, (Seychelles News Agency) - The Seychelles Supreme Court has convicted a Sri Lankan national to a fine of SCR 550,000 ($41,000) after being found guilty of illegally fishing in the island nation’s territorial waters, the police said on Wednesday.

According to the police, Makavita Liyanage Dilesh, 43, was the person in charge of the vessel Rankurulla 4 that was intercepted and arrested in the Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on November 24 last year.

The presiding judge in the case took into consideration that the accused pled guilty and did not waste the court’s time. The convict is a married man with two children still at school and his family depends on his revenue to survive.

The Sri Lankan national revealed to the Court that the fish they caught was taken and sold for a sum of SCR 35,320 which was collected by the Seychelles Fishing Authority.

The fine is payable within 60 days if not, the convict will do a term of 18 months in prison.

Meanwhile, earlier this month 18 foreign vessels were intercepted and arrested in the Seychelles’ EEZ among which was a vessel from Sri Lanka, carrying eight crew members.

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has a vast Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million square kilometres which presents a challenge when it comes to monitoring illegal activities in the island nation's waters.


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  • Seychelles has too much sea area as its own Thursday, 22 February 2024 01:21 PM

    Indians are frequently encroaching into our country owned sea space and now our fisherman must venture far to catch fish. The sentence put on the Makavita Liyanage Dilesh of $41,000 will result in him being in jail for 18 months because those funds cannot be raised. Our country must punish Indian wrongdoers far more, so our people have fish available to catch instead of getting in trouble going far away.

    Sanath Thursday, 22 February 2024 02:05 PM

    Why can't we do the same thing, in relation to incidents of illegal poaching by Indian fishermen in our territorial waters?

    Sambo Thursday, 22 February 2024 02:46 PM

    So why don't we apply the same law for the Indians who poach in our waters and the same for our fishermen who poachers in Indian

    Ahmed Thursday, 22 February 2024 03:04 PM

    what would happen if sri lanka do the same to illegal indian fishermen fishing in sri lanka territory ?

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 22 February 2024 04:40 PM

    Sri Lanka will get its arse kicked because even Seychelles will not sentence a Indian Fishermen the same way. So, if you are an ant behave and stay like an ant without trying to act like you are the USA of the Indian Ocean.

    Punchi Friday, 23 February 2024 01:50 PM

    Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can accidentally stray inside each others sea boundaries. A Sri Lankan boat fishing inside Seychelles waters can only be intentional.

    Patcitz Friday, 23 February 2024 02:03 PM

    This very system should be implemented in Sri Lanka against the Indian fishermen fishing illegally, and poaching Sri Lankan sea waters frequently.


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