Six arrested with turtle meat

Six arrested with turtle meat

April 21, 2017   03:47 pm

Sri Lankan Navy says that six local fishermen carrying dried turtle meat were arrested at the Cod Bay fisheries harbour.

Coast Guard personnel deployed at Cod Bay fisheries harbour, during a search, recovered 13.2 kg of dried turtle meat from a multiday fishing trawler anchored at the harbour yesterday (19). 

The arrested suspects, meat and related gear were handed over to the Assistant Fisheries Directorate, Trincomalee for onward legal action.

According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora-CITES, trapping and slaughtering of turtle is a punishable offence. Sri Lanka became a member of the CITES in 1979.

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