Sri Lankan Navy arrests four fishermen from Tamil Nadu, seizes one boat

Faith Castro
June 25, 2017

According to information that the hull of the trawlers of Indian poachers are usually out of steel, whereas boats the Navy use are usually made out of aluminum.

It is observed of a serious criminal development, that Indian fishermen who poach in the Sri Lankan waters are up to some aggressive maneuvers, like ramping their boats with the Sri Lankan Naval boats, intentionally to avoid arrest.

Meanwhile, eight Indian fishermen along with a trawler where taken into custody for illegal fishing on June 23 in the seas off Point Pedro.

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Six Indian fishermen were arrested and a trawler was seized by Sri Lanka Navy for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters. They have been taken to Kangesanthurai port there, Joint Director of Fisheries Department, Nagapattinam district, Amala Xavier said, adding that their mechanised fishing boat was also impounded.

Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen often face arrests when they enter each other's territorial waters illegally with both countries attempting to find a lasting solution to their fishing dispute.

The incident comes two days after four fishermen from Pudukottai district and 17 from Karaikal region in Puducherry were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu in the island nation.

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