Colombo, July 13, 2017: The Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday detained seven Indian fishermen along with two boats for illegally poaching in Palk Strait’s Neduntheevu Island.
Two fishing trawlers belonging to the Indian fishermen were seized, media reported.
The fishermen were engaged in bottom trawling in Sri Lankan territorial waters northwest of Delft Island, the Navy said.
The trawlers were brought to Karainagar and the fishermen were handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries.
Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen often face arrests when they enter each other’s territorial waters illegally. India and Sri Lanka are divided by a narrow strip of sea.