Lahore: 19 arrested for fishing without permit
LAHORE: Mobile teams of Fisheries Department Punjab in a series of surprise raids on Friday arrested 19 men for fishing across the province without permit.
Director General, Fisheries Punjab Muhammad Ashraf Chaudhary said that a complete ban is enforced throughout the province on all kinds of fishing without permit.
The accused will have to undergo six month imprisonment with a fine of Rs 5,000 each besides seizure of their catch and other paraphernalia, he added.
He said Director Fisheries Dr. Sikandar Hayat Jehangir Chaudhary is conducting raids on natural water areas for crackdown against illegal netting. He said several mobile raiding teams have been constituted at district level to take strict action against those netting fish illegally.
All divisional Deputy Directors have also been instructed to conduct raids in their respective areas especially in the river or lake areas, DG added. He appreciated the performance of Assistant Director, Okara Suhail Anwar Khan for taking record strict action against poachers in his district and seizure of maximum illegal caught fish.