Fish likely to burn hole in pockets of customers this monsoon

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
4 Jun 2017

Used to having fish in your daily diet! Be prepared to shell out more on purchase of the commodity in the next few months. Decline in fish catch due to stormy weather and heavy rains is likely to cause spike in prices of fishes in the local markets here.
According to reports, there has been notable fall in fishing activity in the recent days after the onset of monsoon. Weather bulletins issued by agencies have been advising fishers not to venture into the sea due to rough sea conditions. Though the situation is normal in these islands, slump in catch is likely to take toll on fish lovers in the coming days.
Fishes of top quality breeds like prawns, surmai are now scarcely available in the retail market. Presently surmai, prawns, crabs, kukari are being sold for Rs 300 per kilo, while smaller varieties like Topi, Bangadi, Maya are available for Rs 80, Rs 80 and Rs 120  respectively. Others like Parsa, Bhetki, Kukari are being sold at Rs 220, 240  and Rs 300. “Though the present rates are affordable, absence of a price control mechanism will invariably lead to surge in prices soon. Prices of varieties available in deep seas will shoot up with decline in fishing activity during the rainy season. Fish vendors will blame the windy atmosphere for the steep rates. But large scale exports and  availability of only lower quality fishes is responsible for the situation. The Fisheries and Civil Supplies Departments should embark on measures to contain prices of fishes during the long monsoon season,” said some residents of Junglighat.