Sardines | File Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kozhikode: The fisherfolk in Kerala has been witnessing increase in sardine (mathi) catch. From 2014, the catch had been declining but after lifting this year’s trolling ban, shoals of sardine have returned, according to the fishing community.
Both mid and large size sardines are available. 20 midsize sardines can weigh 1 kg while 30-40 smaller sardines can weigh the same quantity.
According to fisheries department officials, the climatic conditions in Kerala are innately favourable for sardine growth. There are restrictions in place for juvenile fishing of sardines.
Meanwhile, due to high availability, the price of sardine fish has come down. 1kg of mid-size sardine is available for Rs 60 and in some parts 2 kgs has been sold for Rs 100.
On the other hand, the prices of 1kg mackeral (ayala), pomfret (avoli) and Seer fish (ayakura) are in ranges of Rs 140, Rs 350 plus and Rs 600 plus respectively.
As Onam season is nearing, prices are expected to change. The vegetable prices are in an increasing trend already.