Thirteen (13) persons who engaged in illegal fishing at the Colombo harbour mouth were apprehended by the Police during a Navy-Police combined operation conducted today ( 06th August).
Accordingly, the crew of a Inshore Patrol Craft attached to the Western Naval Command in coordination with the officers of Harbour Police apprehended these persons who engaged in illegal fishing at the harbour mouth. Three fishing craft used by them were also taken into Police custody and the suspects had been identified as the residents of Dicovita and palliyawatta areas.
Further investigation on the apprehended craft and the persons are carried out by the Colombo Harbour Police. Fishing along the sea routes of ship arrival and departure to a port is a disturbance to ship movements and also a risky task. Therefore it is fishermen's responsibility to act with care.