Two (02) persons engaged in fishing held by Navy

Naval personnel held 02 persons for engaging in illegal fishing in the seas off Veththilakerni yesterday (15th May).

A group of naval personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command, during a routine patrol, held these 02 persons who engaged in fishing using unauthorized fishing nets in the seas off Veththilakerni.

The apprehended persons have been identified as residents of Thaladi, aged 30 and 36. Along with the suspects 01 dinghy, 01 outboard motor (OBM) and 03 unauthorized fishing nets were taken into naval custody.

The 02 suspects together with the seized dinghy, OBM, unauthorized nets and fishing gear were handed over to the Fisheries Inspector of Kilinochchi for onward action.

As a result of using unauthorized fishing nets and gear by a handful of people, the fish stock and marine ecosystem are subjected to unprecedented threats in recent times. As such, the Navy remains vigilant and conducts patrols to curb these kinds of illegal acts taking place at sea.