May 21, Chennai: Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Tuesday has apprehended 14 Sri Lankan fishermen, who were found fishing off Tuticorin about 40 km inside the Indian Maritime Boundary.
The ICG has also seized the three boats of the Sri Lankan fishermen along with some 1,000 kg of fish catch.
The 14 fishermen have been handed over to the Tamil Nadu Police, a Coast Guard spokesman told IANS.
The fishermen were arrested for violating the 45-day fishing ban in the eastern coastal zone of Tamil Nadu imposed for fish species' propagation as it is the fish breeding season.
Earlier this month the Indian Coast Guard arrested 42 Sri Lankan fishermen on two separate occasions.
Representatives of fishermen associations of the two countries held discussions on May 12 to reach a solution for the nagging issue of fishing rights in the common region.
The talks however, ended unsuccessfully without reaching any resolution as the Sri Lankan side flatly rejected a request from the Indian fishermen to fish in Sri Lankan waters.
The Sri Lankan fishermen vehemently opposed the Indians' fishing practice of bottom trawling.
Both countries in January set condition to release all fishermen jailed in both sides prior to holding talks and released over 400 fishermen in January ahead of the first round of talks.
Indian authorities arrested the 42 fishermen after the second round of talks were finalized. However, Sri Lanka agreed to hold talks on May 12 despite the arrests.