Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (MS)
Udupi, Aug 5: The price of fish in the local market has skyrocketed as the mechanised boats have not yet ventured into deep sea fishing. In addition to rise in prices, non-availability of fresh and most sought after varieties of fish has dampened the spirits of pescatarians.
A green signal was given for deep sea fishing to start from August 1. However, purse seine boats have not taken to the sea since it has turned violent because of heavy rains and winds. Even country boats are also not getting into the sea. So the rates of fishes have shot up.
Sardines which used to cost Rs 100 to 150 during normal season are now selling at Rs 250 to 300. Mackerel price has shot up from Rs 100 to Rs 250 per kg. Pomfret price has crossed Rs 1000 per kg. Earlier it was sold at Rs 700. Small pomfret which was available at Rs 500 is costing Rs 700. King fish is being sold at Rs 1200 instead of the usual rate of Rs 1000 per kg.
Fisherwomen say that the rates of fish have been in the higher range for the past two months. The number of consumers is also less. They are unable to sell the fish, even if they sit the whole day in the market.
Roohi and Katla fishes, which are grown in ponds, are also arriving at the market but their price has just doubled.
The price for fish caught by using angle is also quoted at Rs 700 to 1000. Though there is a demand for king fish and pomfret, the fish of this variety are not available. Fish from outstation districts are also entering the local market.