July 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy personnel in coordination with the officials of the Assistant Directorate of Fisheries (ADF) in Mannar yesterday (15th) have nabbed an individual for illegal harvesting conch shells.
A group of naval personnel attached to the North Central Naval Command in coordination with the officials of ADF conducted a raid in Urumalei area, Mannar and apprehended the suspect with 3212 conch shells which are less than 70 mm in diameter.
The suspect has been identified as a 31-year-o;d resident of Talaimannar.
According to the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act the possession, buying, displaying with the intention of selling, transporting or exporting of conch shells which are less than 70 mm in diameter has been banned.
The suspect along with the haul of conch shells was handed over to Mannar ADF for further investigation.