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Citizens, expats rush to buy Kuwaiti shrimps in markets Imported shrimps said costlier than local ones

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 2: Citizens and expatriates have begun breathing freely again with the arrival of Kuwaiti shrimps in the markets after six months ban on fishing was lifted, reports Al- Seyassah daily.

Scores of consumers thronged to the fish markets to buy shrimps in their various sizes, amid optimism that the prices of fish in general had reduced.

Souq Sharq was chocked-full Friday with local shrimps the first day the fishermen were allowed to fish in the territorial waters after the ban on fishing was lifted. A basket of shrimp was sold for KD 45 to KD 55 depending on the size of the basket, and consumers said the price of local shrimp is KD 10 less than the price of imported shrimp which is available in the markets all through the last six months.

For his part, Chairman of the Board of Fishermen Union Thaher Al-Soyan said collaboration between the union and Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) yielded many positive results.

He stressed that shrimps could be purchased in the local market on reasonable prices that even compete with the prices of imported shrimps. He commended the role PAAAFR plays in protecting the fish resource, which at the same time, contributes to improve the quantities of fish in the local market.

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