The Maharashtra fisheries and forest division on Monday amended the compensation coverage for fishermen who launch protected marine species again into the ocean by slicing their fishing nets.
Opposed to the earlier compensation of Rs 25,000, the quantity will now be mounted based mostly on the species each time a turtle, shark, dolphin or another protected marine animal is caught throughout fishing. Besides, fishermen can now apply for compensation thrice a 12 months.
Under the Mangrove Foundation’s conservation mission, fishermen, who reduce their nets to free protected marine mammals and fishes, have been entitled to a compensation of as much as Rs 25,000. The scheme was launched in 2018 to preserve the endangered marine species and make sure the fishing group’s participation within the course of. The scheme was based mostly on the Gujarat mannequin the place the forest division compensates fishermen for rescuing whales.
Under the amended compensation scheme, if species like Olive Ridley, Green Sea and Hawksbill turtles amongst others are launched by slicing the web, fishermen will obtain Rs 12,500 for the primary time. For second and third such situations inside a 12 months, the compensation quantity shall be Rs 10,000 and Rs 8,000 respectively.
The compensation will stay Rs 25,000 for big marine animals resembling whales, dolphins and Pondicherry sharks amongst others. For the second and third such situations inside a 12 months, the compensation shall be to the tune of Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively.
On many events, dolphins and turtles get caught in fishing nets. To launch them, fishermen have to chop their nets. However, it turns into economically unviable for them to launch the creatures as slicing the nets would completely injury it.
Under the amended coverage, a fisherman should give particulars of his boat and fishing license, GPS location of the incident, images and particulars of the fish/marine mammals that have been caught.