The trawls used by the intruders for fishing along the prohibited breeding zones of the endangered marine animals were seized by the patrolling unit engaged by Forest Department for conservation of the turtles, forest officials said.

The arrested fishermen are residents of Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara district, they said.

The fishing vessels had trespassed into prohibited sanctuary corridors contravening the provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act and mandatory rules of marine sanctuary.

They were sent to jail custody yesterday under sections 27 and 29 of the provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act, 1982, officials added.

The imposition of prohibition was in accordance with sections 2,3,4 of Orissa Maine Fishing Regulation Act (OMFRA).

Rise in mortality rate of mating turtles along the coastal water surface led to the clamping of the prohibition as the gill nets used by the trawls prove to be the cause of death for breeding turtles.

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