Fish scarcity grips Udupi, Mangaluru regions, prices surge

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Udupi/Mangaluru, Dec 3: The coastal regions of Udupi and Mangaluru are grappling with a severe shortage of fish due to adverse weather conditions and a sudden spike in temperatures. This scarcity has led to a significant surge in fish prices.

In Udupi, the fish drought has particularly affected popular varieties such as sardines, mackerels, kingfish, and pomfret, causing prices to double. Big-sized mackerel, for instance, is now priced at Rs 250 per kilo compared to Rs 150-180 last year during the same period. Medium-sized sardines are scarce and cost Rs 200 per kilo. The price of kingfish ranges from Rs 800 to 1000 for larger sizes and Rs 600 to 650 for smaller ones. Pomfret, which was priced at Rs 800-900 per kilo, has now crossed Rs 1400. Silver fish is at Rs 600, and Sting Ray is priced at Rs 400 per kilo. Prawn prices vary between Rs 650, Rs 500, and Rs 350 per kilo.

Fishermen in Udupi express optimism that fish will be abundant in the sea once the weather stabilizes, as the scarcity is attributed to migratory patterns in search of cooler areas deep in the sea.

In Mangaluru, the fish drought is impacting the coastal region as many boats have anchored due to the sudden increase in temperature and inclement weather, resulting in a significant reduction in fish catch. Trawl boat owners emphasize the unavailability of fish in the sea due to rising mercury, prompting most boats to remain ashore.

Donald Pinto, owner of a Pursiene boat, highlights the challenges faced by smaller fishes as they move into deep-sea areas in search of cooler surroundings, leading to an 80% reduction in fish availability. He calls for the Union government to establish clear laws regarding fishing in Kerala sea waters.

Retired dean of fisheries university, Shivaprakash, attributes the shortage to the unfavorable monsoon, stating that if the monsoon extends until October, fish availability increases. Chethan Bengre, owner of the Trawl Boat Union of Mangaluru, notes the high costs associated with fishing trips, including ropes, nets, oil, and diesel, and highlights the impact of the absence of the usual process where fishes come to the surface during cyclones and rain.

Siddaiah, joint director of the fisheries department, reassures that fish scarcity in the sea during November and December is a common occurrence, and abundant availability is expected in January, as is the norm every year.




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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Karavali people created too much hype about the fish diet. Now even people living in hillside want to eat seafood everyday. So demand has grown multifold and now coastal people have scarcity of fish coupled with unscientific and uncontrolled fishing and rising mercury/pollution. Whom to blame??

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumari Gunji MBBS DGO DNB, Nellore/Kodyadka

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Fish was my staple diet when I was studying in Manipal. I know that south canara people love fish. every effort must be made to make cheap fish available for the public. I can never forget the taste of Najal masala fry I used to eat in Udupi It was lovely fish

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Dr. Madamji, What is that najal masala fry? Udupi which restaurant you were eating najal fry ?

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  • Shirley Saldanha, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 07 2023

    Ha ha I think he's referring to anjal

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Fri, Dec 08 2023

    Ma'am, kusuma kumari is "she" not "he" .....How you know, that, she meant by Anjal and not bombli ? You bothare lan gotiya friends?

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  • Joulan Goveas, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    The heat is unbearable these days

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Fishes are plenty but most of the fishes going outside the state and these fisherfolk’s need big margins to find their organisations and festivals.

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Lower middle income customers and marginal hand to mouth fisherwomen are the worst hit by this so called raised prices... There is no doubt that fish population has dipped drastically over the past two decades... Uncontrolled unscientific fishing activities go on unabated... Mandatory ban on mechanized fishing is the only saving grace... As it is due to rising ocean temperatures it is estimated that most fish species will be extinct by 2050... Sad truth of aging earth aided by crazy development n so called modernization..

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Original normal rates (not the hike one) which are mentioned here for the fish must be prevalent only in the mouths of fish organizations. But, when they are selling in the market, price scenario completely ulta. Every year this time same cries including tomato/onions etc. Tomato rates are shot up. Koi jaanthe ho..?

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    just a ploy to raise prices ... after vegetables, now fish ... baniya doing some trick or the other to squeeze customer ...

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  • Mario, Nevada USA

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Marketing gimmicks. Unions should be prohibited from exporting the fish overseas and to other states.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    People in Mumbai can survive with Bombil ...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Dry bombils stink the whole building....!!! Smell attrac the flies. If you fry dry bombil, your hair (if you have!), clothes all stink gf will come near to you dear eye liner...sorry one liner Dotto saar....Saar laa bokka majjige laa yedde ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Cynthia, No wonder Bombil is not available in Mangalore ...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Amka nakath re bombla...sagle mangluru ghantha saglyani bazlyar....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Cynthia, Come from England, come from Scotland, come from Ireland Come from Holland, come from Poland, come from any land If you're looking out for a pleasant holiday Come to Bombay, Bombay meri hai ...

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  • Avi, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Eveything is being blamed for the scarcity except POLLUTION!!!

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    may be artifical scarcity created by the mla of udupi as he has good connections with boat owners...chaddis will get down to any level to defame the highly successful congress govt

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  • gladson, udupi

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    enchina pathervara marre...!!!!!

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