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Fishing Ban Sends Seafood Prices Soaring in Chennai

Lucy Towers
21 April 2014, at 1:00am

INDIA - Seafood prices in Chennai have begun shooting up with the imposition of the 45-day ban on mechanised fishing boats.

Over the past few days, a kilogram of deboned vanjaram (seer fish) is being sold at Rs. 900. A week ago, it cost Rs. 600 a kilo, reports TheHindu.

“Prices of fish have been on the rise for the past few days. With the ban coming into force, prices are expected to increase even further,” said a source in the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Development Corporation, which runs a number of stalls in the city.

“The only catch that the city will get will be brought in by small fibre-reinforced boats and catamarans that fish near the coast. That will only be around three to four tonnes. Fish caught by residents of various fishing hamlets will be sold there,” explained Sukumar, who runs an ice factory inside the fishing harbour.