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Maharashtra: Rs20 lakh paid to fishermen for releasing protected marine species by Prayag Arora-Desai September 15,2021   |  Source: The Hindustan Times

A total of 135 fishermen across coastal districts in Maharashtra were compensated for releasing protected marine species caught as bycatch back into the ocean during the financial year 2020-21, as per the recently published annual report of the Mangrove Foundation, a registered society functioning under the aegis of the state forest department’s mangrove cell. These fishermen were compensated to the tune of Rs.2,041,800. “Of the 135 cases processed for compensation in the fiscal year 2020–21, 72 cases were of the release of Olive Ridley sea turtles, 36 cases were of green sea turtle, three cases of Hawksbill turtle, two cases of Guitarfish and 22 cases were of the release of the whale shark,” states the annual report. Of these, the majority of cases were reported from Sindhudurg and Thane districts, where 47 and 39 protected marine specimens were released respectively. In Mumbai, only one such case was recorded during the last year, when a single Olive Ridley turtle was released after getting caught in a fishing net. As of April 2, this year, the total number of cases processed under the state government scheme stood at 178. That number has now grown to just over 200 cases, said Harshal Karve, a marine biologist with the Mangrove Foundation. “The scheme was started in

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