Navy arrests three persons for illegal harvesting of sea cucumbers

Naval personnel attached to SLNS Gotaimbara located in Pungudutivu in the Northern Naval Command arrested 3 persons engaged in illegal harvesting of sea cucumbers in the seas North of Kurikattuvan yesterday (20). Along with the suspects, a dinghy, 4 sea cucumbers, 3 pair of diving fins and 4 diving masks were taken into custody by the Navy. The arrested persons and items were handed over to the Department of Fisheries Aquatic Resources, Jaffna for further investigations.

Further, on receipt of information, naval personnel attached to SLNS Mahanaga located in Panama in the South Eastern Naval Command, apprehended a 2,000 m long monofilament fishing net in the lagoon area of Charalakadei on the same day. The apprehended fishing net was produced to the Jaffna Fisheries Inspector for onward investigations.