Nine held for fishing in Gahirmatha’s prohibited zone

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Kendrapara: At least nine persons were detained by forest personnel for fishing in the prohibited zone along the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in Odisha.

According to sources, forest officials intercepted the fishermen during a sea patrolling near Hukitola coast within the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary territory. Following this, they seized the trawl used by them for fishing and around 20 quintals of sea fish from the impounded vessels.

All the accused persons have been sent to custody under provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act and Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act, sources said.

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