Navy arrests 12 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing

Naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command arrested 12 local fishermen who engaged in illegal fishing practices using illegal fishing nets, in the sea areas of Kokilai and Nayaru yesterday (July 22).

Along with the fishermen, 06 dinghies, 200m long illegal fishing net and 500kg of fish-harvest were also taken into naval custody. The arrested suspects together with their dinghies and other fishing gear were handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Mullaitivu for onward investigations.