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Navy catches Indian poachers off Mullaitivu

The Navy conducted a special operation to deter Indian trawlers from poaching in Sri Lankan waters on Wednesday (10), which led to the seizure of an Indian trawler off Mullaitivu, with nine Indian fishermen aboard, via the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).

The Navy stated it continues to carry out regular patrols in the island’s waters in order to prevent illegal fishing practices by foreign fishermen, with a view to protecting the fisheries resources of the country and the livelihoods of local fishermen.

Accordingly, the Navy deployed a Fast Attack Craft from the Fourth Fast Attack Flotilla attached to the Eastern Naval Command to chase away Indian trawlers poaching in Sri Lanka’s waters, via the IMBL on Wednesday. In this operation, the Navy seized the Indian poaching trawler with nine Indian fishermen aboard, as well as their fishing gear.

The Indian trawler and the nine Indian fishermen held by the Navy are being brought to the Trincomalee Harbour as of now, and they are to be handed over to the Fisheries Inspector of Trincomalee for further legal action.