The government ban on fish imports from neighbouring states has come into full effect in Goa with consumers turning to local fish the prices of which have started soaring forcing consumers to shell out more money or cut down on quantity of purchase. The Panaji fish market wore a deserted look with fish mostly caught in state available at exorbitant rates only for some time of the day.
In the morning, only about a dozen fisherwomen were present in the market, who were either selling fish brought from Old Goa cold storage or fish caught by angling and other modes of fishing, which were in good demand.
A plateful of naked head glassy perch fish locally known as ‘burante’ was sold for Rs 100 which is usually available for Rs 50 in the monsoon while baby prawn were sold for Rs 100-200 a portion and Rs 400 a plate in the morning.
Slightly bigger prawns brought directly from farms were sold for Rs 500 a kg and others sold for Rs 700 and a portion of tiger prawns was sold for Rs 1,000.
A set of 7-8 normal size muddoshios was sold for Rs 500 and bigger sized ones were sold for Rs 1,600 a kg, while a bunch of 7-8 iron fish or cat fish, which earlier were available for Rs 200 and Rs 300, was sold for Rs 400 and Rs 500 and a portion of fresh assorted fish of normal size was sold for Rs 100 and Rs 200. Mullets were sold for Rs 1,000, Rs 900 and Rs 500 each depending upon the size while giant sea perch (chonok) was sold at Rs 1,200 each and smaller sized ones were sold for Rs 1,000 and above.
Some fisherwomen were in the morning selling 6-7 pieces of mackerels for Rs 200 brought from Old Goa ice storage while a kg of milk fish was available for Rs 300 and prawns from farm were sold for Rs 400 and Rs 600 a kg depending upon the size but in the evening there was no trace of fish.