Officials overpower fishermen, seize endangered sea species
Ramanathapuram | Tuesday, Aug 11 2009 IST
In a major haul, Tamil Nadu Forest Department officials apprehended three fishermen and seized endangered sea species, 250 kg of dried Sea Cucumbers and 150 kg of Sea Horses, from their possession at Mandapam North Sea shore, near here, today. According to official sources, during a routine coastal surveillance, the officials noticed a group of fishermen standing on the seashore with gunny bags.
On suspicion, the officials tried to check the bags. But, the fishermen attempted to assault the officials and tried to escape.
However, the officials managed to overpower the fishermen and seized the bags. The marine species were meant for smuggling to Sri Lanka through a clandestine boat, the sources added.
Sea Cucumbers and Sea Horses were used for making traditional Chinese medicines, fetching high price in the international market. Trading of Sea Cucumbers and Sea Horses, listed in 'Schedule one' of the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972, was prohibited under International law. Poaching of these endangered species was banned in India and several foreign countries.
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