Four foreign fishing boats illegally operating inside Maldives Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) have been seized by authorities.
The boats were seized some 140 nautical miles off V. Fulidhoo, by Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF)s Coast Guard ship "Shaheed Ali".
VNews understands the four fishing boats belong to Sri Lanka.
According to MNDF, the boats were located during their Dornier flight surveillance patrols jointly carried out by MNDF Coast Guard and Indian Coast Guard from July 8 to 10.
MNDF reports they are working with related state authorities to bring the four boats to Male'.