The Navy apprehended 17 Indian fishermen along with 03 fishing trawlers for engaging in illegal fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters yesterday (29th October). Two of these fishing trawlers were held by naval personnel attached to a Fast Gun Boat (FGB) in the Northern Naval Command in the sea area off the Delft Island. The remaining trawler was apprehended by naval personnel onboard a Fast Attack Craft (FAC) belonging to the same Naval Command in the sea area of Kachchathivu.
Subsequently, the apprehended fishers and their trawlers were brought to the naval establishment ‘SLNS Elara’. After conducting a medical test, the group of fishermen were handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries-Jaffna for onward action.