Three (03) persons held for engaging in illegal fishing

The Navy apprehended 03 persons who engaged in illegal fishing in the sea area off the Norway Island in Trincomalee on 21st September 2019.

While on routine patrol, the Eastern Naval Command had spotted a suspicious fishing vessel in the seas off the Norway Island and searched the vessel. During this search, the suspicious vessel has been identified as an unregistered dinghy used for fishing practices. Accordingly, the crew members were apprehended. The Navy also found an unauthorized fishing net in their possession.

The apprehended persons are residents of Muttur, aged 25 and 27. Accordingly, the suspects along with the seized dinghy, an outboard motor and other fishing gear were handed over to the Assistant Directorate of Fisheries in Trincomalee for onward investigation.