Eight Indian fishermen and two trawlers arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters

Eight (8) Indian fishermen and two (2) bottom trawlers engaged in illegal fishing practices, were arrested by two Fast Attack Craft belonging to the Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard yesterday (July, 05).

The Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command and Sri Lanka Coast Guard on routine patrol, arrested the Indian fishing poachers while they were practicing bottom trawling in Sri Lankan territorial waters, about 14.9 nm northwest of the Delft Island and 7.5 nm northwest of Kovilam Point.

Having brought the arrested fishing trawlers and belongings to SLNS Elara in Kareinagar and the fishermen to SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurei, they are due to be handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries for onward legal action.