* Sri Lanka Navy arrests another 12 Indian fishermen, seizes 02 more boats in Sri Lankan waters
Sun, Feb 13, 2022, 01:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested another 12 Indian fishermen for illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters and seized their two boats during a special operation conducted in the seas north of Talaimannar on Saturday (Feb 12) night.
According to the Navy, the North Central Naval Command conducted this operation in seas north of Talaimannar in the dark hours of 12th February deploying Fast Attack Craft of the 4th Fast Attack Flotilla.
The Navy team seized the two Indian trawlers which were engaging in the illegal fishing method of ‘bottom trawling’ in Sri Lankan waters, via the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). The Navy also nabbed 12 Indian fishermen aboard the poaching vessels in this operation.
Arrangements are being made to hand over the Indian poaching vessels and fishermen held in the operation to relevant authorities, the Navy said.
The Navy also seized 03 Indian trawlers with 11 fishermen poaching in the island’s waters close to the Delft Island, Jaffna on the night of 07th February as well.
Sri Lanka Navy will continue to carry out regular operations with a view to protecting the fishery resources of the country and the livelihood of local fishermen.