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Eight suspects held for illegal harvesting of sea cucumbers

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A part of sea cucumbers.
A part of sea cucumbers.

Naval apprehended eight suspects for illegal harvesting sea cucumbers in the sea areas of Silawathura and Vankalai in Mannar in the early on March 13. About 814 sea cucumbers, diving gear and two dinghies were also seized.

The Inshore Patrol Craft P 155 attached to SLNS Vijaya in the Northwestern Naval Command apprehended three persons in night diving without valid licence to harvest sea cucumber in Silawathura sea area on March 13. They also seized 580 sea cucumbers, diving gear and a dinghy. On the same day, the Naval Detachment Vankalai of SLNS Pussadewa in the North Central Naval Command apprehended five suspects for harvesting sea cucumber illegally, during a special search operation in Vankalai and seized 234 sea cucumbers and a dinghy.

The suspects are residents of Kalpitiya and Vankalai. The suspects along with their equipment and sea cucumber were handed over to the Fisheries Inspectors of Kalpitiya and Mannar.


Wednesday, March 15, 2023 – 01:00

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