Vastavam web: In a mid-sea interception on illegal fishing in Odisha, Gahirmatha marine sanctuary authorities have seized four trawlers and arrested 31 sea-going fishermen. The four fishing trawls used by the intruders for fishing along the prohibited marine sanctuary area were seized on Thursday by the patrolling unit engaged by forest department near Babubali coast, a senior forest official said. Sea fish catch weighing about six quintals were seized from the impounded vessels, he said.
“It is unlawful to fish in the marine sanctuary throughout the year,” said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, B P Acharya. The arrested fishermen are natives of fishing villages in Mahakalpada block of Kendrapara district and Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district, officials said. The fishing vessels had trespassed into prohibited sanctuary corridors contravening the provisions of wildlife protection act, Orissa Marine fishing regulation act and mandatory rules of the marine sanctuary.