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By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

THE price of fish is expected to increase because of the five recent oil spills along the coastline of the southwestern peninsula.

Vice-president of Trinidad and Tobago Unified Fisherfolk Association, Kishore Boodram, said he was advising fishermen not to fish in the affected waters because their nets would get messed up with oil and would be costly to clean as well as the fish would be contaminated.

The price of fish will be significantly higher because of its scarcity, he said.

President of the Cedros Fishing Association,Esook Ali,  said fishermen would not be able to work for some days and the price of fish will go up.

Usually around Christmas time, a pound of carite or kingfish  would sell for around $20-$25 but customers should be  prepared to pay at least $30 per pound, Ali said. He said  kingfish would sell for  at least $35 a pound. Those types of fish were the most expensive and “set the price” for other types, he said.

Petrotrin officials met with fishermen in Cedros and offered compensation, Ali said.

Boodram, who  visited the oil spill area  at La Brea twice, said there was no way Petrotrin could clean up all affected areas in a few days and fishermen’s work would have to be stopped for at least a month.

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