Maldives National Defence Force MNDF says it has caught three foreign vessels in the Maldivian waters while fishing illegally.

MNDF said that they had caught three vessels from neighboring Sri Lanka. They also said that the vessels have been seized by the MNDF Coastguard ship Gazee.

MNDF did not give any other details about the vessels like the locations of the seized vessels.

MNDF Coastguard seize three foreign vessels/Photo: MNDF

They had caught another foreign vessel last month while illegally fishing in Maldivian waters. They had also seized another vessel last September.

Foreign vessels wandering into Maldivian water for illegal fishing has become common in recent times and MNDF acknowledges the cooperation from local fishing vessels that help them catch these foreign vessels