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Over 10,000 illegally harvested sea cucumbers seized by Navy

About 10,219 illegally harvested sea cucumbers have been seized by the Navy in operations carried out in Eastern, Northern, Northwestern and North Central Naval Commands during the past two weeks, the Navy said today.

It said a group of suspects and their diving gear were also apprehended.

“Sri Lanka Navy has increased its patrols covering the seas around the island to prevent adverse effects on the marine environment, due to illegal fishing practices by a handful of individuals with scant regard in the island’s waters,” the Navy stated.

Consequently, the North Central Naval Command seized 6,878 sea cucumbers during patrols conducted in Walaipadu and Iranativu sea areas.

Further, 53 individuals, 11 dinghies and diving gear were also taken into naval custody during these patrols.

In separate raids in the Northwestern sea areas of Arippu, Kondachchikuda and Kalpitiya, the Northern Naval Command off Allapiddi and Eastern Naval Command seized 3,341 sea cucumbers.

The Navy arrested 22 persons, seven dinghies and other accessories used by the accused.