Hilsa glut floods fish markets

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Hilsa glut floods fish markets

Amdadul Haque:

King fish of the country ‘Hilsa’ is now being caught in seas and alongside different rivers of the country.


Fishermen are bringing these fish from the sea to different fishing grounds of the country by trawlers.


Traders said, even though less hilsa is found in the river, they are being caught in large numbers in the sea. These are slightly smaller in size.


Salah Uddin, a retailer in Chandpur Boro Station, said, “Lot of hilsas are coming in the market hence prices have also come down. The usual rate of Tk 1,200-1,300 per kg, has reduced to Tk 900-1,000 per kg.”


Hasan Ahmed, an ecommerce based hilsa retailer, said, more hilsa is coming to the market this year than the last and the price is also lower.


She said the price of hilsa caught in sea is Tk 300-350 per kg where each fish weighs 300-400 grams . “The price of each kg of 500 gram Hilsa is Tk 400-450 while the price of a single hilsa weighing one kg is Tk 700-800.”


On the other hand, 300-400 gram size of hilsa caught in rivers cost Tk 350-450 per kg and the price of one kg of 500 gram size is Tk 450-550.


“Each river hilsha weighing one kg costs Tk 800-900. The price of river hilsa is a bit higher as it tastes better than the sea,” Hasan added.


However, according to traders, fishermen are catching a lot of hilsa fish in the rivers and in the sea. So the supply is high. Hilsa fish is now available at a much lower price than at any other time.


On Monday, buyers were found happy not only in the markets, but also with hilsa being sold even in vans in the alleyways of Dhaka at low prices.


Small fish traders are waiting in the alleyways for the buyers with baskets of hilsa. They said that the sales were going well even though buyers were less. Abul Mia, a small trader who sells hilsa fish at Kathalbagan Bazar in the capital, said, “hilsa is being caught a lot this year. The price of hilsa is also good. So I am selling hilsa.”


Hilsa production has increased more than two and a half times in a decade and a half.