15 fishermen arrested in Kandakuly
by Mohammed Naalir
Fifteen people who allegedly used banned Laila nets to fish in
Kandakuly off Kalpitiya were arrested by the police, Fisheries Ministry
spokesman D.S. Narendra Rajapaksa told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
He said that Minister Dr. Senaratne informed President Mahinda
Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary and the Navy as soon as he came to know
about it and ordered to arrest them immediately, he said. Due to the
immediate action taken by Minister Dr. Senaratne six engine boats and
six engines were seized by the police, according to sources.
Due to such activities a number of dolphins were injured and over 50
dolphins have died, the spokesman said.National Aquatic Resources
Research and Development Agency (NARA) officials have also confirmed
that the use of banned Laila fishing nets were the cause of death of the
dolphins, he said. Now the dead dolphins are seen floating in the sea
and also on the beach, according to the fishermen in the region. The
Fisheries Ministry with the support of the Navy and fishermen in the
area will stop such activities in the sea, he said.