Sri Lankan authorities seize five Indian trawlers with 24 fishermen on board

A special operation by the Sri Lankan Navy and the coast guard has led to the seizure of five Indian fishing trawlers and 24 Indian fishermen being taken into custody, by the neighbouring island nation. The Sri Lankan Navy says that they carried out a special operation in their northern waters to chase away Indian “poaching trawlers” on Monday evening. The seized trawlers and the 24 Indian fishermen were taken to the Kankesanthurai Harbour and are to be handed over to the Mailadi Fisheries Inspector for further legal proceedings.

According to the Lankan Navy, they deployed craft of the fourth 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 five Indian poaching trawlers continued to remain in island’s waters, with 24 Indian fishers and their fishing gear,” they said. The Lankan Navy maintains that illegal fishing practices of foreign fishermen in Sri Lanka’s waters deal a blow to the livelihood of local fishermen as well as the marine ecosystem.