Scarcity of fish hits Mangaluru, Udupi; boats return empty-handed

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru/Udupi

Mangaluru/Udupi, Jan 31: Once again, the sea is grappling with a fish scarcity, leading fishing boats to return empty-handed due to the insufficient availability of fish. Consequently, a significant number of boats are now anchored at the docks, dealing a severe blow to the fisheries industry that has invested billions. The repercussions of this crisis are also beginning to impact enthusiasts of fish-based cuisine.

In Mangaluru, approximately 80-90% of boats are anchored, and in Udupi, around 50% are affected. Currently, only a handful of deep-sea trawl boats are venturing out in search of fish, but even their success is limited.

Although the fishing season started well with a good catch initially, a shortage of fish akin to a famine has emerged after 2-3 months. High-demand species such as pomfrets, mackerels, kingfish, and squids are notably absent from the market. Fishermen leaders attribute the scarcity to unscientific fishing practices, such as a reduction in the ban on fishing during the rainy season from 3 months to 60 days. This shorter period has resulted in immature fish fry being caught before they have a chance to mature. The indiscriminate use of bull trawling, catching tons of fish of various species, and the widespread practice of light fishing despite the ban are also cited as reasons for the decline in fish population.

Fishermen from Malpe, Mangaluru, and other states face fines up to Rs 5 lac if they cross into Kerala, Goa, or Maharashtra, even with amendments to the existing act. However, fishermen from other states continue to fish freely along the Karnataka coast. The demand from fishermen is for an amendment to the 1984 Act imposed by Karnataka.

The escalating fish scarcity has led to soaring prices, with mackerels now priced at Rs 250 per kg, while sardines is at Rs 150, silver croakers at Rs 200, shrimps at Rs 300 to Rs 600, pomfrets at Rs 600, kingfish at Rs 700, and ladyfish at Rs 350 (varies by region). Additionally, the price of fish from other states has doubled.

Boats have been observed anchored in docks due to the scarcity of fish, and a change in the situation is anticipated in the coming days. The reduced influx of fresh water into the sea, attributed to lower rainfall, is speculated as a contributing factor to the ongoing fish famine.





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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Feb 01 2024

    While scarcity of fish in mangalore is,Sardinen are dancing in china .Yesterday I saw in TV.lots of sardine are flying on to shore Fishers are filling and filling and tired .Such a huge lot they never saw they say.May be due to weather change they were in china this time.Whole bay was filled with sardinen .Hope next lot will come to Mangalore.

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  • Yashwanth, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 31 2024

    Looks like Rahuls and Hariprasads gimmick in Udupi before elections has reaped benefits only to Congress party, whereas Fisherman community is still requesting for grants and amendments to the act. Bodchithind eerna sheera!!!

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  • Anand, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 31 2024

    Despite the government's prohibitions, they will nevertheless go fishing during the monsoon and the catch is very small during these times which cannot be sold in the fish market, so they sell it to fish oil mills for a healthy profit. And during fishing season - the best catch is primarily transported to other nations and supplied to other major cities generating huge profits, while the local population merely consumes standard fish. Now these fisherman complain about being scarce.

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  • Michael, Brahmavar

    Wed, Jan 31 2024

    Gujaratis are waiting to merge fish business with Amul.

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  • Manoj, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 31 2024

    Stop the export drama every thing will be ok

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  • Kps, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 31 2024

    Wouldn't be surprised if woke DJ world readers blame Modi and BJP for this...

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 31 2024

    This is a sign of vegetables rates are going up shortly.

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  • Ashok Thonse, Kallianpur/Dubai

    Wed, Jan 31 2024

    This is due to there is no proper restriction on fishing in rainy season. I still remember there was a restriction on fishing from June to mid of September when we were small. We use to have frozen fish or sweet water fish within this period. I think this is the breeding period for common fishes. October to January was the best season to get good fish. There should be a proper control on fishing.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 31 2024

    Make veg. curries or Sambar and some fried nonveg items. (Fry, roast, sukka, chilli etc.)

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Wed, Jan 31 2024

    Everyday is not Sunday 🙏

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