Navy nabs five local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing

Naval personnel attached to SLNS Therapuththa in Silawathurai belonging to the Northwestern Naval Command, arrested 02 persons who engaged in illegal fishing using banned fishing nets in the seas off Mullikulam and Kallaru yesterday (10). Along with the suspects a dinghy used for fishing was also taken into custody. The apprehended persons and the items were produced to the Mannar Fisheries Inspector for onward investigations.

On the same day the naval personnel attached to SLNS Dakshina in Galle of Southern Naval Command apprehended another 3 persons who engaged in illegal fishing activities using explosives in Akurala sea area. During the arrest the Navy took a dinghy, a pair of diving mask, 03 detonators and two detonator cords into custody. The arrested persons along with the belongings were handed over to the Inspector of Fisheries in Galle for further investigations.