Navy takes hold of 02 more Indian fishing trawlers for poaching in Sri Lankan waters
Sri Lanka Navy managed to take hold of 02 more Indian fishing trawlers with 12 Indian fishermen while poaching in Sri Lankan waters, during a special operation mounted in seas south of Mannar, today (19th December 2021).
The special operation was conducted in seas south of Mannar, deploying Inshore Patrol Craft attached to the North Central Naval Command and it led to the seizure of the 02 Indian fishing trawlers with 12 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters.
As part of the Navy’s effort to prevent poaching by Indian fishing trawlers in Sri Lankan territorial waters, the Navy managed to take hold of 08 Indian fishing trawlers and 55 Indian fishermen during operations conducted by the Northern and North Central Naval Commands on 18th and 19th December.
The operation was carried out adhering to the COVID-19 protocols due to pandemic concerns. Further, arrangements are being made to hand over the apprehended Indian fishermen to relevant authorities for onward legal action, after directing them for a Rapid Antigen Test. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Navy will remain on alert all the time to prevent poaching activities of foreign fishermen in Sri Lankan waters.