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Life at fish markets returns to partial normalcy
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 9: After a difficult period during which 30 percent of the stalls were closed because the Kuwaiti fish disappeared, life at the fish market returned to partial normalcy with plenty of fish in the Sharq and Fahaheel fish markets and return to fish auctions supervised by the representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition and the Ministry of Commerce. With the Cabinet decision to organize controlled fish auctions after a hiatus of about 6 months, imported fish was put for auction in the Fahaheel market, which witnessed a great turnout of consumers. The imported zubaidi cost 12 dinars per kilo, while 248 baskets of shrimp were sold at the local fish auction in Souk Sharq each for 50 dinars, while the auction for the sale of the basket for local zubaidi fish reached 90 dinars
Head of the Kuwaiti Fishermen’s Union, Dhaher Al-Suwayan praised the Cabinet’s decision to allow the fish auction, particularly thanking the Ministry of Commerce for coordinated efforts in this regard with the concerned authorities and the participation of the Fishermen’s Union. Al-Suwayan announced the Fahaheel market will have two fish auctions – the first at 8 am and the second after the afternoon prayers, and the Sharq market also will have two auctions, for imported fish after the dawn prayers, and the second for local fish auction after the afternoon prayers. However, he said entering the auction area will be in accordance with the health controls and conditions set by the Council of Ministers. Al-Suwayan said he is hopeful fish will be abundant and meet the market needs, noting that everyone is optimistic about the return to normal life at the market, and, “God willing, we will soon reach complete community immunity.” He said that the Kuwaiti fishing fleet will work according to the available manpower, pointing to the need to work to bridge the severe shortage in fishing labor, and to open permits to bring in new labor so that the fleet can operate at its full potential.By Abdel Nasser Al-Aslami Al-Seyassah, Arab Times Staff