Four Indian fishers apprehended for poaching

Sri Lanka Navy apprehended 04 Indian fishermen along with a fishing trawler for poaching in Sri Lankan yesterday.

The arrest was made by a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command, during a patrol conducted in the sea area off the Kachchathivu Island. The arrested Indian fishermen and their trawler were escorted to the naval base SLNS Elara.

The 04 arrested Indian fishers who are 45, 47, 50 and 51 years of age are expected to be handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Jaffna for onward action, after a medical examination.

As a result of continuous patrols conducted by the Sri Lanka Navy, the number of Indian fishing trawlers that are trespassing the Sri Lankan territorial waters has significantly reduced. Further, the Navy will continue to utilize its resources effectively for the protection of local fishermen as well as the preservation of fish stocks in island’s territorial waters.

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