The fishing of Spiny Lobsters are regulated under the Lobster Fisheries

Management Regulations of 2000 under the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act, published in Gazette No:1123/2 of 13.03.2000.
According to these regulations,it is prohibited to capture,keep under possession or custody,or transport or sell any Spiny Lobster or part during the month of February.
Hence,this is an offence because the suspect has been in possession and was transporting dead Spiny Lobsters on 23.02.2017.
I also take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Mr. Thushara,OIC of Kotawila Police Station and his team for this successful raid.These offences are often overlooked by authorities which is unfortunate as these practices leads to the extirpation of Spiny Lobsters in Sri Lankan seas.

Jagath Gunawardana Attorney-at-law

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