Navy intercepts Indian trawler in Lankan waters

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The Sri Lankan Navy seized an Indian trawler with four Indian fishermen aboard poaching in Sri Lankan waters. The arrest was made during a patrol carried out on the night of 28 March.

The Navy is conducting regular patrols and operations to curb illegal fishing by foreign fishermen in Sri Lankan waters, taking into account the impact on the local fishing community and threats to the biodiversity of the country’s marine environment.

The arrest was made during a patrol carried out by a Fast Attack Craft of the 4th Fast Attack Flotilla (4 FAF), attached to the Northern Naval Command in seas south of Delft Island. Accordingly, the Navy seized the Indian trawler with four Indian fishermen who were bottom trawling in Sri Lankan territorial waters, through the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).

The vessel and fishermen were escorted to Mailadi fishery harbour and handed over to the Fisheries Inspector of Jaffna, via the Sri Lanka Coast Guard.