16 Sri Lankan fishermen arrested for illegal fishing

16 Sri Lankan fishermen arrested for illegal fishing

June 1, 2011   11:01 am


The coastal security patrol mission of the Indian Coast Guard arrested 16 Sri Lankan fishermen from three fishing boats on Monday. Coast Guard officials said the three boats, Sea Horse Marine, Naduni-I and Dushantha Putha -III, were found illegally fishing in Indian waters, 40 nautical mile east of Krishnapattinam coast.

The boats were carrying 1,300 kg of fish. The arrested fishermen were brought to Chennai and will be handed over to the police. “This is the ninth apprehension of Sri Lankan fishing vessels by the eastern Coast Guard group this year. Considering the increased number of similar incidents, the Coast Guard has launched dedicated operations with the help of aircraft to trace intruders,” said a press release on Tuesday.

In 2011, the Coast Guard has seized 20 boats with 200 fishermen and 20,400 kg fish in the eastern region, Times of India reports.

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