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Jaffna, April 5: Around 18 Indian fishermen have been detained and 3 dhows (vessel) has been seized. They allegedly entered Lankan waters.Fishermen were 16 nautical miles west of Point Pedro during a Naval patrol. Arrested fishermen were from Tamil Nadu, India. They were breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing.
Three vessels used by them are also seized by navy. They are taken to into naval custody and brought to SLNS Uttara in Jaffna as per reports. After a medical test, the fishermen will be handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Jaffna for further investigation, the Navy Media Unit said.
The fine has been increased 100 times for outside vessels fishing in countrys waters. Its very frequent that Indian fishing trawlers come into the country’s maritime territory. The main aim is to prevent illegal fishing activities in the Sri Lankan waters.