Navy recovers 191 unauthorized fishing nets in Batticaloa lagoon area

A troop of naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command, during a routine patrol carried out in the Batticaloa lagoon area, managed to recover a large number of unauthorized fishing nets this morning (30th March). Accordingly, 191 illegal fishing nets, each about 100 feet in length, were recovered and they were handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Batticaloa for onward legal action.

During raids conducted by the Navy during last couple of days, a large numbers of unauthorized fishing nets were recovered and persons were held for using such nets in fishing activities. The Navy is very much alert to the destructive fishing practices, in a bid to prevent depletion of fish stocks as a result of such illegal activities.