Navy arrests 21 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing

Naval personnel attached to SLNS Therapuththa located in Silawathurai in the North Western Naval Command arrested 21 local fishermen who engaged in illegal fishing activities using unauthorized nets in the seas off Silawathurai on 20th and 21st October 2016. During the arrest, 10 dinghies, 5 monofilament nets and 3 GPS units were also taken into naval custody. The apprehended persons and belongings were handed over to Mannar Assistant Directorate of Fisheries for further investigations.

Further, naval personnel attached to SLNS Parakumba located in Sampur belonging to the Eastern Naval Command, apprehended a 100 m long monofilament fishing net in the general area of Kadakarachchenai yesterday (21). The apprehended fishing net was handed over to Muththur Fisheries Inspector.