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Indian Coast Guard seizes two tonnes of sea cucumber worth Rs 8 cr in TN's Mandapam

 

Indian Coast Guard has seized two tonnes of banned sea cucumber in Tamil Nadu’s Mandapam. The teams were deployed in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay areas to effectively cordon the likely escape by sea route. Subsequently, a boat was intercepted carrying 200 bags of sea cucumber weighing 2000 kg yesterday. The boat was anchored about 15 kms off Vedalai South of Mandapam without crew. The value of seized sea cucumbers is reported to be about 8 core rupees. Sea cucumbers are in high demand in China and Southeast Asia.

On investigation, it was found that the consignment was planned for transshipment across the International Maritime Boundary Line during dark hours.


Sea cucumber valued at around Rs eight crore and suspected to be smuggled to Sri Lanka was recovered here by the Coast Guard and the Tamil Nadu Forest Department, officials said on Sunday. Following a tip-off on illegal shipment of the marine species in the wee hours, a team of the Coast Guard tracked a boat moving about suspiciously and prevented it from leaving the Indian territorial waters with the help of its (Coast Guard) teams in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay, a press release here said.

“The boarding team of ICGS H-183 recovered 200 gunny bags of sea cucumber weighing 2,000 kg. The boat was found anchored about 15 km off Vedalai South of Mandapam without its crew…the value of seized sea cucumbers is reported to be about eight crores INR (Rs 8 crore)," the release said.

According to a senior forest official, a patrol found the boat moving about in a suspicious manner near Pamban here and the Coast Guard was informed.

“Investigation revealed that the consignment was planned for transshipment across the International Maritime Boundary Line during dark hours. Sea cucumbers are in high demand in China and South-east Asia. However, India is treating the sea cucumber as a species listed in the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972," the release added.

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