Navy arrests 13 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing

Naval personnel attached to SLNS Vijayaba located in Nilaweli in the Eastern Naval Command apprehended 13 local fishermen who engaged in illegal fishing activities using Purse Seine Nets in the seas off Erakkandy yesterday (29). Along with the suspects 3 dinghies, 3 diving masks, 2 pairs of diving fins and an unauthorized fishing net were also taken into naval custody.

The apprehended persons and items were handed over to the Area Fishing Inspector through Kuchchaweli Police for onward investigations.