Tamil Nadu: 100 kg of sea cucumber seized off Mandapam, five arrested

Five persons from Mandapam region have been arrested in connection with the alleged act and their boat has been seized, police said.

By: PTI | Rameswaram | Updated: December 21, 2016 11:52 am

About 100 kg of sea cucumber, an endangered coral reef species, which was meant to be smuggled into Sri Lanka from Mandapam coast near was seized and five arrested in this connection, marine police said on Wednesday. The marine police, during a routine patrol duty checked and confiscated it from a boat off the Mandapam coast last night, they said. Five persons from Mandapam region have been arrested in connection with this and their boat seized, they added.

Sea cucumbers, which play an important role in maintaining the marine ecological system, have been classified as endangered species and their harvest banned under the Wildlife Protection Act.

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