Clear skies, good catch but poor price; its bittersweet for fisherfolk
Ambalappuzha: Fisherfolk who ventured into the sea after bad weather restrictions were blessed with good catch of prawns. However, fish prices declined drastically leaving the fisherfolk unable to earn good return for their hard labour.
Fisherfolk in motorised boats caught ‘karikadi’ variety of prawns while fisherfolk in traditional boats got ‘poovalan’ variety of prawns. Prawns netted by nearly 25 fishing boats moored at Kayamkulam beach was brought to Thottappally harbour for auction.
Fisherfolk had hoped to get a good price for their catch but their expectations collapsed when they had to sell ‘karikkadi’ prawns for Rs 40 - 45 per kilogram. On Monday, the price was between Rs 50 -52 per kilo. However, the price was between Rs 110 -150 on Sunday.
The story was no different in the price of ‘poovalan’ prawns. Earlier, the price was Rs 230 per kilo. However, on Wednesday, one kilo gram was sold for just Rs 160.
A boat owner said that the present price is not economic for them as it is not enough to cover fuel, rent, labour charges and other expenses creating huge loss.