Reinstate auction, demand visitors to market
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28: The fish market has been rejuvenated with the availability of local pomfret (zubeidi), grey mullet (meid) and shrimp, as these types of fish are considered popular locally, reports Al-Rai daily. During a tour of Sharq fish market, there was a noticeable availability of large quantities of grey mullet fish in large and medium sizes. This fish has been on high demand in the last two months, as it had completely disappeared from the market.
Noticeable also was the presence of local pomfret, the price of which continues to be KD 10 per kilogram. One of the vendors standing in front of his stall in the market said the return of fishermen, the large number of fishing vessels, and the mild weather conditions have all contributed to the availability of local fish in large quantities, especially grey mullet and pomfret, in addition to shrimp. He affirmed that the demand for purchase has been great during these days, despite the fact that prices are still somewhat high, indicating that he expects more quantities to be available in the coming days, and it is likely that prices will decrease with the availability of these large quantities of fish.
During the tour outside the market, a number of Asian laborers were spotted collecting dead fish on the beach and in the waters nearby, which they sell them as “delivery” to customers, restaurants and popular markets in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Khaitan, even though they are dead and not suitable for human consumption.
A number of fish market patrons demanded that the auction banned by the Ministry of Commerce be reinstated due to the health repercussions of the COVID- 19 crisis, stressing that the return of the auction plays a major role in reducing the prices to normal and ensuring the consumers get what they want.