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Every year starting April 16th, there is a ban on fishing in the Tamilnadu Coast from Thiruvallur to Kanyakumari Districts. Since scientists found fish breeding to be active in the eastern coastal belt during April and May, fishing by mechanised boats from Thiruvallur to Kanyakumari districts is prohibited between April 15 and May 29. The ban excludes fishing by country boats and catamarans.

The ban has come at a time when the heat was on the rise in Chennai. The sea food is an alternative to those who cannot consume meat during the Chennai heat. Because of the ban, the fish prices have gone through the roof. According to “The Hindu” retail plus of May 25,2008, seer fish is priced at Rs 300 to Rs 420 a kilo, Squids can range from Rs.80 to Rs.100 a kilo. Mackeral should be around Rs.100 a kilo while pomfret would range from Rs.200 to Rs.280 depending on size and colour. Crabs in season would cost Rs.160 per kilo but the price is dependent on the variety – like mud crabs, spotted ones,

If one is an early riser and visits the nearest beach, the day’s catch can be bought from the fisherman at a decent price. On this day, the fisherman was trying to sell the prawns  at Rs 8/- a piece. A morning walker in the beach was negotiating forRs 6/- a piece and settled for Rs 7/- a piece.

With the ban on fishing by mechanized boats ended on May 29, 2008 the supply of fish has increased and there are reports that the prices have started coming down.

(During a visit to Thiruvanmiyur beach on June 8, 2008, the visuals of the fishermen coming to the shore with their catch were shot and these images are posted here.)

4 Comments so far

  1. Giri (gdatuk) on June 12th, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

    Early? what time? 5:30? where exactly in thiruvanmayoor beach?

  2. saiyar on June 14th, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

    The fish prices I hear are still sky high. I see sad faces in the market tyring to buy some fish. And the fisherman sits there lauding over his catch. I wonder what he does at the end of the day.

    I have seen lots of fish in the evenings with no buyers. Does he go back to the village and give it free to his friends?

  3. ramyaramani on June 18th, 2008 @ 5:30 am

    The fishermen come back the next day and sell it a lesser rate. (as told by one of my friend’s maid whose husband is a fisherman)

  4. aarti on July 7th, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

    What a tough life these fishermen must be leading~~~

    lovely pictures~~

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