The Sri Lankan Navy has seized an Indian dhow with six Indian fishermen while poaching in Sri Lankan waters. The arrest was made in the seas northwest of Kovilan Lighthouse, Jaffna, while on patrol in the early hours of today (February 19, 2022).
The Sri Lankan Navy conducts regular patrols and operations to combat illegal fishing activities in Sri Lankan waters, given the impact of poaching by foreign fishermen in Sri Lankan waters on the local fishing community and sustainability of Sri Lanka’s fisheries resources.
The apprehension was made during a patrol carried out by a Fast Attack Craft of the 4th Fast Attack Flotilla (4 FAF), attached to Northern Naval Command in the seas northwest of the Kovilan lighthouse. As a result, the navy seized the Indian dhow with 06 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, via the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
The operation was carried out in compliance with COVID-19 protocols and arrangements are being made to hand over the Indian poaching dhow and fishermen detained in the operation to the relevant authorities.
The Sri Lankan Navy will continue to conduct regular operations to protect the country’s fisheries resources and the livelihoods of local fishermen. Including the dhow seized during this patrol, the Navy has seized 06 Indian fishing vessels with 29 fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, as of February 2022.