A naval operation performed in northern waters on 09th January 2021 resulted within the apprehension of 09 Indian nationals and seizure of an Indian fishing trawler, for poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
Accordingly, this operation carried out by the Northern Naval Command in seas northwest of the Delft Island, led to the apprehension of 09 Indian nationals and their fishing trawler, trespassing into Sri Lankan waters crossing the Worldwide Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). Together with the accused, about 500kg of illegally caught fish, fishing equipment and different objects have been held by the Navy.
This whole operation was carried out adhering to COVID-19 preventive pointers and the Indian nationals held in it have been from 18 to 52 years of age. In the meantime, the accused together with the trawler and remainder of the seized objects shall be handed over to the Assistant Director of Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Assets in Jaffna for onward authorized motion. Additional, Sri Lanka Navy will proceed to patrol island’s waters in an try to stop unlawful fishing practices of international fishermen.