Five poaching trawlers held in northern waters during special operation conducted by Navy and Coast Guard
COLOMBO : Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard conducted a special operation in northern waters to chase away Indian poaching trawlers from Sri Lanka’s waters on the evening of 28th November 2022. The operation led to the seizure of 05 Indian trawlers with 24 Indian fishermen, poaching in island’s waters off the Kovilan Lighthouse, Kareinagar, Jaffna.
Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard remain ever alert to foil illegal fishing practices of foreign fishing trawlers in Sri Lanka’s waters and regularly conduct patrols and operations to prevent such endeavours.
As an extension of these efforts, the Northern Naval Command mounted a special operation on 28th November, by deploying Craft of the 04th Fast Attack Flotilla and the Sri Lanka Coast Guard attached to the Northern Naval Command, to chase away a cluster of Indian poaching trawlers in Sri Lanka’s waters, off the Kovilan Lighthouse, Kareinagar, Jaffna. The operation led to the seizure of 05 Indian poaching trawlers continued to remain in island’s waters, with 24 Indian fishers and their fishing gear.
The seized trawlers together with 24 Indian fishermen were brought to the Kankesanthurai Harbour and they will be handed over to the Mailadi Fisheries Inspector for onward legal proceedings.
Including the recent apprehension, the Navy has seized 35 Indian poaching trawlers and 252 Indian fishermen during operations conducted thus far in year 2022 and handed them over to the authorities for onward legal action.
Illegal fishing practices of foreign fishermen in Sri Lanka’s waters deal a blow on the livelihood of local fishermen as well as the marine ecosystem functioning. Taking into account these conditions, Sri Lanka Navy continues to remain vigilant and conducts its operations to thwart such practices around the clock.