Sea cucumber meant to be smuggled to Sri Lanka seized

Nearly 400 kg of sea cucumber worth Indian Rs 8 lakh, meant to be smuggled to Sri Lanka was today seized from Thoppukaadu in in Rameswaram, the coastal marine police said, according to the Press Trust of India.

Fifty eight bags of sea cucumber was confiscated, they said adding the smugglers managed to escape after seeing them.

Sea cucumbers are classified as endangered species and their harvest is banned under the Wildlife Protection Act in India.

These are in great demand in South-East Asian countries. (Colombo Gazette)

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