The Indian Coast Guard team at Mandapam, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu caught a 2-ton shipment of marine species Sea Cucumber. Sea cucumber smuggled via Indian waters. Early on Sunday, Coast Guard teams in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay region followed the boat and laid a cordon to bar the dubious vessel at sea.
Sea cucumbers are a crucial constituent of the marine ecosystem as they play a significant role in maintaining the health of the ecosystem.
ICG team located the boat anchored 15kms off the Vedalai South locality in Mandapam. The smugglers surrendered to forest officials. The value of seized sea cucumbers is around Rs.8 crores.
The smugglers programmed for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line during night. Sea cucumbers are popular in China and Southeast Asia, consumed as food and used in pharma. This sea cucumber is smuggled from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka in fishing boats from Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin districts.
18th September is the International Coastal Cleanup Day. The ICG led school and college students, NCC cadets, and volunteers to perform a cleanup along India’s coast. The student’s effort led to the collection of 44 tons of garbage from the oceans and beaches.
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