Kendrapara, Oct 13 (LocalWire): Prices of the mouth-watering hilsa fish nosedived in the coastal district of Kendrapara as fishermen have netted huge quantities of the fish due to good rain in the past few days.
Hilsa is a popular fish species, one of the most sought-after, available mostly during the monsoon season.
The fish markets of Kendrapara, Marsaghai, Rajnagar, Pattamundai and other places are teeming with hilsa as the fishermen have had a good catch of fish in the past few days.
“The rate of hilsa was Rs. 800 per kg last week.
This week I am selling it for Rs. 400-500 only,” said Jagannath Behera, a fish seller of Mahakalapada.
“Due to good rain for the last few days, hilsa fish came in large numbers near the shore in search of saline water.
Thus the fishermen were able to catch much fish,” said Tusharkanta Sardar, the president of the district unit of Odisha Traditional Fish Workers Union (OTFWU).
Hilsa’s peculiar habitat makes it impossible to breed the fish artificially through aquaculture, unlike others.
The adult hilsa swims several kilometers upstream to freshwater from the sea for spawning and returns to saline water.
The eggs hatch in freshwater and the sub-adult hilsa swims back downstream into the sea through the river mouths of Mahanadi and other rivers, during the rainy season, said Basant Dash the Deputy Director (Marine) Fisheries Department.