Navy routs poaching Indian trawlers

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Sri Lanka Navy conducted a special operation to chase away Indian trawlers from Sri Lanka’s waters on the night of 19 September. The operation led to the seizure of an Indian trawler with eight Indian nationals poaching in island’s waters off Kovilan Lighthouse, Kankesanturai.

Sri Lanka Navy continues to conduct regular patrols and operations in Sri Lanka’s waters to curb illegal fishing by foreign fishing trawlers.

In a similar operation conducted in the dark hours of 19 September, the Northern Naval Command deployed a Fast Attack Craft of the 4th Fast Attack Flotilla to chase away a cluster of Indian poaching trawlers, after having spotted them engaged in illegal fishing in Sri Lanka’s waters off Kovilan Lighthouse, through the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). Thus, the Navy held an Indian poaching trawler continued to remain in island’s waters, with eight Indian fishers and fishing gear.

The seized trawler together with eight Indian fishermen was brought to the Kankesanturai Harbour and they will be handed over to the Mailadi Fisheries Inspector for onward legal proceedings.

Meanwhile, the Navy has seized 25 Indian poaching trawlers and nabbed 189 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters, during operations conducted thus far in 2022 and produced them to authorities for legal proceedings.