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* Navy arrests 11 Indian fishermen for engaging in illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters
Sun, Feb 16, 2020, 12:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 11 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

Naval personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command, during a special operation conducted in the seas North of Analathivu Island arrested the11 Indian fishermen along with their three trawlers on Saturday (15).

The apprehended fishermen and the trawlers were escorted to SLNS Elara in Northern Naval Command, the Navy Media Unit said.

After a medical check-up, the Indian fishers are due to be handed over to Assistant Director of Fisheries-Jaffna through the Department of Costal Conservation for onward legal action. The seized trawlers have been anchored at SLNS Elara.

As a result of frequent patrol carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy for protecting the fish and marine resources belongs to Sri Lanka, illegal activities through sea routes have been reduced and SL Navy vigilantly acts to secure the marine resources and local fisher folk, the Navy said.


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