Coast Guard seizes 1,200 kg banned sea cucumber off Mandapam, 2 held

Chennai: In yet another successful joint operation with the Forest Department, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) seized 1,200 kg of banned sea cucumber from Mandapam, Tamilnadu and apprehended two people.

A Defence release said the Indian Coast Guard Station Mandapam received an intelligence input about illegal transhipment of banned Sea Cucumber.

The ICG initiated a joint patrol with personnel from the Forest department in the dark hours and monitored movement of suspicious vessels.

Subsequently, a boat was intercepted at 0630 hrs and a joint team of ICG and Forest department personnel recovered 110 gunny bags of sea cucumber weighing 1,200 kg.

The boat with its two crew was brought to Mandapam North Fishing Harbour.

On investigation it was revealed that the consignment was planned for transhipment across the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) during dark hours.


NT Bureau