Navy detains 16 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

The Sri Lanka Navy detained 16 Indian fishermen along with 4 fishing trawlers for engaging in illegal fishing activities in Sri Lankan territorial waters.

The Navy said the Indians were arrested in the seas northwest of the Delft Island and northeast of the Kachchativu Island by Fast Gun Boats and Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command.

The trawlers were detained at SLNS Elara in Kareinagar. Meanwhile, the fishermen were brought to SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurei and handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Jaffna for onward legal action. (Colombo Gazette)