Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 14 Indian fishermen and seized their trawler for breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing in Sri Lanka’s waters.
The North Central Naval Command of Sri Lanka Navy conducted a special operation in seas north of Talaimannar to chase away a cluster of poaching Indian trawlers from Sri Lanka’s waters on the evening of Saturday (05th Nov).
Sri Lanka Navy in a special operation conducted on the evening of 16th November deployed a Fast Attack Craft to chase away a cluster of Indian trawlers poaching in the island’s waters off Mamunei in Veththalakerni, Jaffna.
During the operation, the Navy held an Indian poaching trawler that continued to remain in the island’s waters, with 14 Indian fisherman and their fishing gear.
The seized trawler together with 14 Indian fishermen was brought to the Kankesanthurai Harbor and they will be handed over to the Mailadi Fisheries Office in Jaffna for onward legal proceedings.
The Navy has held 30 Indian poaching trawlers and 228 Indian fishermen during operations conducted thus far in 2022.
Sri Lanka Navy has stepped up its patrols and operations in Sri Lanka’s waters to curb illegal fishing practices of foreign fishing trawlers.