Fishermen stir snaps supply chain of fish

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Rameswaram, Jan 30 (UNI) Prices of fish have shot up in the island town of Rameswaram following the indefinite strike the fishermen, which entered the fifth day today.

Official sources told UNI here that fishing operations were severely hit in Rameswaram island in view of the strike. With the poor catch of fish by a few fishermen who put out to sea using the traditional catamarans, there was a shortage of costly fish like squids, lobsters and prawns in the local market for domestic consumption as well as export.

Normally, about 50,000 tonnes of various varieties of fish, prawns, crabs and lobsters are caught by fishermen who put out to sea in their mechanised boats, in each trip. Apart from catering to local consumption, a sizeable number of fish are also being exported from Rameswaram through Kochi, Tuticorin and Chennai ports.

The sources said five export companies were closed down in Rameswaram due to the poor arrival of fish. As fishing is the primary occupation in the coastal district of Rameswaram, all subsidiary occupations were also severely hit.Traditional ice making companies to freeze the fish were also forced to down their shutters.

The scarcity of fish will prove to be a major hassle in the wake of bird flue scare, following which there is increasing demand for fish, the sources also said.

More than 3000 fishermen are on strike since January 25, it may be recalled.

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