Fourteen (14) persons held by Navy for illegal fishing

A group of naval personnel attached to the Northwestern Naval Command, during patrol in the sea area of Daluwa in Kalpitiya, apprehended 14 persons for engaging in illegal fishing, using unauthorized nets and other illegal means, yesterday (30th March).

The arrested persons have been identified as 28-53 years old residents of Palliyawasalapadu and Kandathoduwawa areas in Kalpitiya. The naval personnel had also seized two dinghies, two banned nets 130m and 150m in length, two outboard motors and 40kg of illegally caught fish, during the arrest.

The arrested persons along with the dinghies, OBMs, fish, unauthorized fishing nets and other fishing gear were handed over to the Fisheries Inspector of Puttalam for onward action.