Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Get ready to pay more for fish


POPULAR FOR LENT: Fishmonger Rudy Mohammed, centre, sells carite to a customer on George Street, Port of Spain yesterday while his colleague cleans another fish. The carite was going for $25 per pound while bonito and shark were $15. Fish sales increase during the Lenten period which started yesterday, Ash Wednesday. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY


IF you are thinking of a seafood diet over the Lenten period, be prepared to spend more for fish.

Fishermen said that by today, there will be an increase in the price.

And the fish locally known as cro cro seems to be the main choice for many during this time.

Kishore Boodram, vice president of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Fisherfolk said cro cro was the preferred choice of fish because “it goes well with anything”.

He said yesterday: “Most people buy cro cro because you could use it in broth, fry and you could stew.

“Price was another influential factor in the purchase of cro cro.

“One half-kilogramme of cro cro sells for about $6 to $7 wholesale,” Boodram said.

“The retail price is a dollar or two more.

“Throughout the country, cro cro fish was plentiful during this time,” he said.

In the Claxton Bay area, salmon, brochet and mullet were also considered prize catches.

Boodram said salmon and brochet would usually sell for $40 per kilogramme wholesale and the mullet approximately $5 per kilogramme.

He explained that other fish such as carite and kingfish were not very popular during this time because of the season.

Boodram said: “During the dry season, you would not get much of the carite and kingfish. You would more get those during the rainy season. The water is much cooler and less polluted then and these types of fish, they usually travel a long way during that time coming from Mayaro and Icacos and so on.”

In Mayaro, kingfish and shark are more popular.

Francis Arjoon, president of the Guayaguayare/Ortoire/Mayaro Fisherfolk Association said shark was sold for about $4 to $7 for every half a kilogramme.

“The most popular sharks are hammerheads and what fishermen refer to as ‘puppy shark’, which is a small white shark,” he said.

Arjoon said as of yesterday, the wholesale price of kingfish was up to $50 per kilogramme. But today, it would increase.

“La Brea fishermen will not be selling any fish for Lent as they are still recovering from the oil spill that took place on December 17.

“They have not yet got permission to fish in the waters off Carat Shed Beach and Point Sable Beach but receive compensation daily from oil company Petrotrin,” said Alvin La Borde, president of the La Brea Fisherfolk Association.