Navy arrests 11 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing

Naval personnel attached to SLNS Vijaya located in Kalpitiya belonging to the Northwestern Naval Command arrested 11 local fishermen who engaged in illegal fishing practices yesterday (12).

The suspects had practiced illegal fishing in the sea areas of Uchchamunai and Palugahathurai using unauthorized fishing nets. During the arrest; 4 dinghies, 18 unauthorized fishing nets, a GPS unit and 269 kg of fish were also taken into naval custody. The arrested persons, items and stock of fish were handed over to the Assistant Directorate of Fisheries, Puttalam for onward action.