Twenty four arrested for poaching, fishing gear seized
Navy arrested 24 persons who engaged in illegal fishing, during special operations conducted in the Sallimunai beach area, Trincomalee, sea and beach areas of Vakarei and off Nagar Kovil, Jaffna on Thursday and Friday (5 and 6). The operations also led to the seize of nine dinghies, one cab, diving equipment and unauthorized fishing gear.
The SLNS Walagamba and SLNS Ranweli in the Eastern Naval Command carried out a search operation in the beach area of Sallimunai on Thursday and nabbed two persons who were preparing to fish, caught by explosives, for transportation. The operation also led to the apprehension of a cab used for the illegal act.
Meanwhile, SLNS Kashyapa belonging to the same Naval Command carried out a coordinated search operation with the Office of Fisheries Inspector, Vakarai and apprehended 13 persons in the beach and sea areas of Vakarai for catching fish by means of illegal light-coarse method on Thursday and Friday (5 and 6).
The operation also led to the seize of six dinghies and unauthorized fishing gear.
Naval Deployment Veththalaikerni in the Northern Naval Command held nine persons along with three dinghies, diving gear and illegal fishing equipment, for engaging in fishing without valid license off Nagar Kovil on Thursday.
Those held in these operations are residents of Kalpitiya, Panichchankerni and Mannar, from 22 to 50 years of age. The 24 persons along with the dinghies, cab and other unauthorized fishing and diving gear held were handed over to the Kuchchaveli and Vakarai Fisheries Inspectors and Jaffna Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department for onward legal proceedings.
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