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INDIAN COAST GUARD (ICG) SEIZED 2000 KG OF SEA CUCUMBER

INDIAN COAST GUARD (ICG) SEIZED 2000 KG OF SEA CUCUMBER

Context:

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) team at Mandapam, Tamilnadu seized 2 tonnes of sea cucumber, a banned marine species.

About the Seizure:

  • The ICG team got into action and tracked the suspect boat involved in likely smuggling.
  • ICG teams were deployed in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay areas to cordon the likely escape by sea route.
  • Subsequently, the boat was found anchored about 15 km off Vedalai South of Mandapam without its crew and boarded by a team of Coast Guard.
  • The team of ICG Hovercraft H-183 recovered 200 gunny bags of sea cucumber weighing 2000 kg. 
  • The boat along with seized sea cucumbers was brought to Mandapam near Rameshwaram, Tamilnadu and handed over to forest officials.
  • The value of seized sea cucumbers is reported to be about 8 Crores INR.

Sea Cucumbers:

  • Sea cucumber in India is said to be an endangered species listed under schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
  • It is smuggled from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka in fishing vessels from Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin districts.
  • These are in high demand in China and Southeast Asia.

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