July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy said it has arrested seven Indian fishermen and seized their two trawlers for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
Two Fast Attack Craft belonging to the Northern Naval Command arrested 7 fishermen along with two fishing trawlers engaged in bottom trawling in Sri Lankan territorial waters about 12.5 Nm and 9.5 Nm off Northwest of Delft Island yesterday (July, 12), the navy website said.
The arrested fishermen have been brought to the Naval Base SLNS Uththara in Kankasanthurai while their fishing trawlers and fishing gear have been taken to SLNS Elara in Karainagar.
The fishermen will be handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries for onward legal action.
Sri Lanka recently passed a bill that allows the authorities to imprison bottom-trawling fishermen for two years and fine Rs. 50,000.