The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) seized six Indian fishing boats and their fishermen, totaling 36 people, on Thursday when they were poaching in Pakistani territorial waters.
It was decided to tow the Indian fishing boat to Karachi in order to pursue legal action against the poaching of rich resources in the Indus Delta, which is a violation of Pakistani law as well as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
A recent example of this was the arrest of seven Indian fishermen by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) in January of this year after they were discovered to be breaking the country’s territorial water limitations while fishing in Pakistani waters.
A spokesperson for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) stated that an Indian fishing vessel, the ‘TULSI MAIYA,’ with seven crew members on board, was detained by a PMSA ship on January 28 during a regular patrol while engaged in poaching within Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
In a statement, the maritime agency stated that the PMSA monitors Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone on a regular basis to ensure the protection of the country’s own fishermen while also ensuring that no foreign fishing vessels engage in poaching within the country’s territorial sea limits.
After seeing an Indian fishing vessel poaching inside Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the PMSA gave a warning to the vessel’s crew, but the crew did not respond, prompting the maritime agency ship to approach the vessel.