In another successful anti-poaching operation: ICG captured boat ‘Dinuka Putha-6’ with 6 Sri Lankan crew
On 16 Mar 2022, in another successful anti-poaching operation in Gulf of Mannar, Indian Coast Guard apprehended secondSri Lankan fishing boat “Dinuka Putha-6 (IMUL-A-1334-MTR)”within a week alongwith 06 crew for fishing in Indian Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ).
The Indian Coast Guard Ship Vajra whilst on patrol, detected a boat117 nm South-East of Kanyakumari.Subsequentlythe ship closed the boat and sighted with nets in water. On sighting the ICG Ship, the boat tried to run away, however, ICGS Vajra intercepted theSri Lankan boat. The illegal fishing in Indian EEZ by the Sri Lankanfishing boat is violation of MZI Act 1981.The boat was thoroughly rummaged by boarding team of the ship.
On investigation it was found that the boat had Electronic chart display system and crew were well aware about fishing in Indian EEZ. In addition, Automatic identification system onboard, was deliberately kept switched off. Further investigation revealed that, the boat had Tuna long line in water and was fishing well inside Indian EEZ. The boat had about 350Kgs of fish catch onboard.
The fishing boat alongwith 06 crew was apprehended by the ship and brought to nearest designated port Tuticorin.The Sri Lankan boat with boarding party of ICG Ship arrived Tuticorin new fishing harbour at 1725 h todate on 17 Mar 22. An FIR against Sri Lankan boat was registered and the boat alongwith its crew has been handed over to Marine police Tharuvaikulam, Tuticorin.