Five persons nabbed for using unauthorized nets to catch fish

The Navy held 05 persons for engaging in illegal fishing by means of unauthorized fishing nets in the seas off Mullikulam on 20th November 2019.

Accordingly, the Northwestern Naval Command on patrol in the seas off Mullikulam apprehended these suspects who engaged in illegal fishing, using unauthorized fishing nets. The accused has been identified as residents of Arippu. Along with the suspects, a dinghy, an outboard motor and 220m-long fishing net were also seized.

Subsequently, the 05 suspects together with their fishing gear were handed over to the Fisheries Inspector of Mannar for further investigation.

Since illegal fishing practices threaten marine ecosystems and put food security and regional stability at risk, the Navy remains vigilant to prevent such illegal acts in island’s waters.