Fishermen at Vizhinjam catch 20 tonne white leatherjacket fish; to export to China
Kovalam: The fishermen got a good catch of white leatherjacket fish at Vizhijam coast on Tuesday. It is reported that 20-tonne white leatherjacket fish caught by the fishermen here will be exported to China.
The fishermen are excited after getting such a good catch similar to ‘Chakara’. They caught one-foot long white leatherjacket fish (‘Clathi’) and moon fish (‘Kathikara’).
Over 25 fishing boats returned to the land with 20 tonnes of white leatherjacket fish. The school of fish caught on the fishing net when the season about to end.
According to the fishermen, they had not obtained a single white leatherjacket fish last year during this season.
“Wholesale fish vendors will purchase the fish and export to China,” said a fish merchant.
One tonne of fish costs Rs 1.5 lakh. As 20-tonne of white leatherjacket fish were caught, the fishermen will get a good income this time.
White leatherjacket fish has great demand in the global market. As it has got hard skin, it is not much in demand in Kerala. Hence, the fish merchants are exporting it to foreign countries.
Apart from white leatherjacket fish, the fishermen also caught moon fish (Kathikara), tuna fish (choora) and boal fish (vala) fish.