Naval personnel apprehended 8 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing at two separate locations yesterday (30). Accordingly, 6 persons who engaged in illegal fishing practices in the seas off Kaluwankerni using unauthorized nets were arrested by the naval personnel attached to SLNS Kashyapa located in Vakarai in the Eastern Naval Command. Along with the suspects, 2 dinghies and 2 monofilament nets used for fishing activities were taken into naval custody. The apprehended fishermen and their belongings were handed over to the Assistant Directorate of Fisheries in Batticaloa for further investigations.
On the same day, naval personnel attached to SLNS Barana located in Mullikulam in the North Western Naval Command arrested another 2 local fishermen with 2 dinghies and 2 monofilament nets, while fishing illegally in the seas off Kolankanaththa. The arrested persons long with the fishing gear were produced to the Assistant Directorate of Fisheries in Puttalam for onward action.