The Indian Coast Guard (ICG- Kakinada) seized a fishing vessel from Sri Lanka and detained six crew members off the coast of Kakinada on Sunday evening. A total of 600 kg of catching tuna fish was also captured.
According to an official release released by Deputy Director (I&PR, district East Godavari) G. Manoranjan, the Sri Lankan fishing vessel was seized on Sunday night by the Indian Coast Guard vessel ‘Priyadarshini,’ based on a tip from the ICG Regional Office (Visakhapatnam).
On June 28, the Sri Lankan fishing vessel entered the Devinuwara Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with enough fuel, water and ration to remain in the region for a longer time. The vessel is registered at Mattara and bears information-Reg. No. IMUL-A-1235-MTR .
The official note claimed further: “The Sri Lankan vessel violated India ‘s Maritime Zones (Foreign Vessel Fisheries Regulation) Act, 1981 and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), 1982.
The vessel is scheduled to arrive for trial along with the six-member crew in Kakinada port by Monday evening. The port of Kakinada is the closest port designated for trial under existing legislation.
Upon arrival of the vessel and the crew, the Marine Police, Customs, and Intelligence Bureau will conduct joint investigation and rummaging.