85 arrested in November for illegal fishing
The Sri Lanka Navy says it had arrested 85 persons for engaging in illegal fishing in the month of November alone.
Special operations were conducted, whilst adhering to COVID-19 protocols, by the SLN in the Eastern, Southeastern, Northwestern, Northern, Southern and North Central Naval Command areas.
These operations also led to 24 fishing vessels and fishing accessories used for these illegal acts being taken into Navy custody.
The SLN conducts regular operations to prevent harm to the marine ecosystem due to illegal fishing practices.
They were held on charges of engaging in fishing without valid passes, use of unauthorized fishing nets, engaging in night diving to catch fish and fishing with explosives.
Aged between 21 to 50 years, the suspects, fishing vessels and other fishing gear were handed over to the Fisheries Inspectors of Pottuvil, Kalpitiya, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Mannar, Point Pedro, Kilinochchi and Galle, and Pesalai and Mulankavil Police for onward legal action.