The Forest personnel guarding the Olive Ridley turtles in the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary on Thursday seized two mechanized boats, fish catch and nets, besides other fishing equipment and arrested nine fishermen on the charges of entering illegally and catching fish in the protected zone.
Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary Ranger Suvendu Behera said while the Forest personnel were doing surveillance to restrict trawlers into the protected area of the sanctuary, they stumbled upon the two mechanized fishing boats catching fish illegally near Chinchiri.
Soon, the sleuths seized the fishing vessels and arrested nine fishermen. The arrested were produced before the JMFC court of Pattamundai the same day under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
They were remanded to jail custody after their bail petitions were rejected by the court, said Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary Ranger Suvendu Behera.
It may be recalled here that the Forest personnel on last Saturday had arrested five persons and seized a fishing vessel near Agarnashi.