Weather-induced scarcity pushes up fish prices

The fish market at Umm Slal Central Market has seen a drastic drop in the quantities of fish on display there, due to shortage of supplies due to strong winds and difficulty for fishermen to access fishing grounds due to changing weather conditions.

Local Arab daily Arrayah reported that this has contributed to high retail prices for most varieties of fish in the local market, as the Umm Slal market recently only received 23 tonnes of fish per day, or about 60% less than the daily quantity used by the market. receive earlier. The market received around 50 to 60 tons of fish per day and sometimes up to 100 tons. Market auctioneers have pointed out that the quantities of fish received over the past week have been steadily falling due to high winds. They pointed out that only seven boats were able to deliver their catch to the market.
As a result, a box of about 18-19 kg of hamour fish was sold at QR 1,850 while the sheri variety sold at QR 550, and other types of fish ranged from QR 350 to QR 220 depending on size and the weight of the fish. However, about 2 kg of mackerel were sold for 120 QR. All of these average prices were last week’s wholesale prices. This in turn is also reflected in retail price rates.

Auctioneers have pointed out that large trevallies and bassfish are particularly expensive due to very high demand from Qataris and expatriates, who mainly prefer large fish of these species, some weighing up to 18kg. per fish. An auctioneer further explained that the hamour fish is not easy to find and catch, so the quantities supplied daily to the local market are often limited. As for trevally, last week’s supply was very limited, driving up retail prices by more than 50% in some places. The recently recorded market price of trevally was QR 55 per kg. However, most anglers and traders expect prices for most types of fish to decline further in the coming period as the weather stabilizes and wind speeds decrease.

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