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SRI LANKA COAST GUARD APPREHENDED A FISHING VESSEL WITH ILLEGALLY HARVESTED SHARK FINS

Sri Lanka Coast Guard personnel deployed at Suduwella fishery harbour for fishery monitoring and regulating duties, apprehended a Multiday Fishing Vessel along with six fishermen in possession of illegally harvested 8 Kilograms of Blue Shark fins on 31st December 2020.

The apprehension was done during a search operation carried out on board a Multiday Fishing Vessel which was returned harbour after month long fishing. Apprehended items had been hidden in a compartment as they were found by the Coast Guard personnel. The retaining on board, transshipping or landing the ‘fins of any shark species’ is an offence under the Shark Fisheries Management (High Seas) Regulations, 2015.

The arrested persons with apprehended items were handed over to Fisheries Inspector, Suduwella fishery harbour for onward legal actions.

Similar type of apprehension has made by the Sri Lanka Coast Guard personnel deployed at Mirissa fishery harbour two weeks before.