Catch Reduction at the Start of Shrimp Fishing

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Shrimp baskets laid prior to auction

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 2: With the resumption of shrimp fishing in the Kuwaiti waters on Wednesday, Kuwaiti shrimps have returned to the markets. The cost of a basket of local shrimps ranged between KD 45 and KD 65 on the first day of resumption of fishing. The price for one kilogram of local shrimps is KD 3.5, reports Aljarida daily. With a weak turnout witnessed on the first day, the auction proceeds in the Fahaheel market were about 100 baskets of Kuwaiti shrimp, and in the Sharq market 56 baskets.

It is expected that the Sharq and Fahaheel markets will witness fall of larger quantities in the coming days, as fishing boats were delayed in their trips to catch shrimp because their owners did not obtain their quotas of the required diesel. Head of the Kuwait Union of Fishermen Dhaher Al-Soyyan explained that, despite the challenges and obstacles facing the fishing sector, many fishermen moved their boats to supply the local market with shrimp. The amount of catch decreased in the current season compared to the first day of last season as a result of the decrease in the number of licenses granted to enter the country’s territorial waters.

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