Navy arrests 8 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing

The Naval personnel attached to the North Central Naval Command apprehended 8 local fishermen who were fishing with banned fishing nets (Purse Seine) during a search operation at Wankalaipadu sea area off Mannar yesterday (30).

During the arrest, 2 dinghies, 2 fishing nets each with 220 meters length, and 10 kilograms of fish harvest were taken into naval custody. The seized items together with arrested fishermen were handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries of Mannar for onward legal action.