Navy apprehends 35 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing

Naval personnel attached to SLNS Therapuththa located in Silawathurai in the North Western Naval Command arrested 35 local fishermen who engaged in illegal fishing activities using monofilament nets in the seas off Arippu yesterday (19).

Along with the suspects; 8 dinghies, 8 monofilament nets, 24 pairs of diving fins and 16 diving masks were taken into naval custody. The apprehended persons and belongings were handed over to Mannar Assistant Directorate of Fisheries for further investigations.