500 kg sea cucumber worth Rs 10 lakh seized in TN

By PTI Published on Jul 09, 2018 11:52 AM IST

Rameswaram: Sea cucumber weighing around 500 kg and valued at Rs 10 lakh, meant to be smuggled to Sri Lanka, was seized at Mandapam near here today, Marine police said.

A boat used to smuggle the sea cucumber has also been seized, they said. The occupants of the boat escaped after seeing the police personnel.

Sea cucumbers are classified as endangered species and their harvest is banned under the Wildlife Protection Act. These are in great demand in South-East Asian countries.