Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested eight persons for cutting mangroves in a lagoon in Mannar yesterday, the Navy media unit said.
A group of Naval personnel attached to the North Central Naval Command together with officials of Wildlife Conservation Department-Mannar attached to the Madhu office arrested the suspects, who were cutting mangrove shrubs, during a raid carried out in Udeiadi lagoon area, Wankalai on Tuesday,
Few mangrove branches cut by them, two knives and 2 axes used for cutting mangroves were also taken into naval custody.
The suspects are residents of Mannar area and in the ages of 43, 38, 31, 29, 27 & 19.
Officers of the Wildlife Conservation Department are conducting further investigation on arrested suspects and mangrove poles.
The mangrove eco system, which is a natural resource that prevents soil erosion, is destroyed only by very few people and the Navy keeps a watchful eye on such groups to foil their attempts and to enforce the law against them.
Sri Lanka Navy has successfully launched several projects to replant the mangroves around the lagoon areas to conserve and protect the coastal belt around of the island. At present, these mangrove replanting projects are being actively maintained in Northern, North Central, North Western, and Southeastern Naval areas.