Konkan fisherman nets rare sawfish weighing 700 kg

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Published: March 27, 2017 9:53:33 PM

In a rare event, a massive sawfish weighting approximately 700 kgs came offshore and landed in the fishing net of a local fisherman near Vijaydurg in Sindhudurg district of Konkan region earlier today.

sawfish, sawfish in konkan coastal region, Maharashtra, Uday Chowdhary, Konkan fishermen, marine mammals In a rare event, a massive sawfish weighting approximately 700 kgs came offshore and landed in the fishing net of a local fisherman near Vijaydurg in Sindhudurg district of Konkan region earlier today. (Source: IE)

In a rare event, a massive sawfish weighting approximately 700 kgs came offshore and landed in the fishing net of a local fisherman near Vijaydurg in Sindhudurg district of Konkan region earlier today. As per the PTI, Uday Chowdhary, who is the District Collector of Sindhudurg confirmed the news.

While coming back to the shore, fisherman Muneer Mujawar, found a giant fish in his net. Speaking about the same, he said, “The fish is around 20 feet long and weighs around 700 kg. It is known as sawfish, because of its nose extension lined with sharp transverse teeth.”

Mujawar further said that it was rare to find such fish in the net. “When I found the sawfish, it was already injured. It must have tried to escape from the net,” the fisherman added. However, as per the locals similar incidents have occurred in the past in Sindhudurg, wherein some rare species of fishes landed in the fishing net.

In a similar incident, a blue whale, 47-feet long, was rescued from the sea along a beach in Konkan region and was successfully put back into the deep waters. As per reports, the whale had drifted into shallow waters near the Jaitapur power plant in Ratnagiri district. As the incident took place later in the evening, the rescue operations using boats and fishing nets were organised the next day. The operation to put the whale back in the sea lasted for about six long hours and the whale was later led into the deep seas.

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Disturbed the frequent death of several marine mammals and several carcasses coming ashore along Mumbai and the rest of the Konkan coastal region, fishermen from the city had decided to file applications with the National Green Tribunal, western bench, to find solutions to the issue.

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