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Maharashtra: 150 fishermen get Rs 26L for setting marine animals free February 23,2021   |  Source: Mumbai Mirror

The state government has paid Rs 26.50 lakh as compensation to 150 fishermen for setting marine animals free after they were caught in their nets during fishing. In order to protect marine biodiversity and to shield fishermen from incurring losses, the state government had in December 2018 announced a compensation for those fishermen who have to cut their expensive nets to release turtles, shark, dolphins or even protected fish such as sawfish and guitar fish back into the sea. According to the compensation scheme, if any fisherman or fisherwoman releases such rare fish or animal which is caught in their net and the net is damaged in the process, they should file an application before the chief conservator of forests, mangrove protection cell. The state government will provide them a compensation of up to Rs 25,000.

For compensation, a fisherman will have to give details of his fishing licence, boat licence, exact location of the incident, including GPS, details of the exotic fish or animal that was caught and video or photographs. “Many times, turtles, dolphins and even protected fish like sawfish and guitarfish get trapped in fishing nets. Catching and selling of these species is a crime. But these fisherfolks also incur losses when their nets are damaged. So, we have

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