Navy nabs 24 illegal fishermen

The Navy yesterday apprehended 24 persons who had allegedly been engaged in illegal fishing in Kadakarechchenai, Trincomalee, the Navy said (14).

The suspects were taken into custody following a patrol carried out in Kadakarechchenai where they had allegedly been using unauthorised nets for fishing in an area restricted for fishing activities.

Accordingly to a statement by the Navy, three dinghies, three outboard motors (OBMs), three unauthorised fishing nets and 24kg of illegally caught fish were taken into naval custody along with the suspects.

The fishermen have been identified as residents of  Kinniya and Muthur in Trincomalee.

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