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Winter bounty: Rise in fish catch brings down prices at Corniche market

Winter bounty: Rise in fish catch brings down prices at Corniche market


Santhosh Chandran
Doha
THE fish market on the Doha Corniche is attracting more customers these days, thanks to significant drop in fish prices owing to increase in catch.
Vendors at the market said prices of several fish species such as kingfish, catfish, sherri, butter fish and tuna have dropped by about 20 to 30 percent this winter due to an increase in catch. The average weekly price of fish at the market are: sherri (QR12), nesser (QR11) and coffer (QR13).
Fish usually come up to the water surface to stay warmer during winter as the sea water temperature drops in winter leading to more catch.
"Increase in yield has doubled the local supply this winter. The present situation will continue as long as the sea temperature remains low," said a vendor at Umm Salal Ali market.
The shifting of the main fish market about 30 kms away from Doha City to Umm Salal Ali has also made the Corniche market a viable alternative for many city residents.
The Corniche market is the only market in Doha City that offers fresh local fish to customers.
Rehman Bava, a fish vendor at the Corniche market, said:"Nowadays, the number of customers at the market has gone up by 30 to 50 percent. We are expecting more customers this month."
The Corniche market underwent a makeover recently. It is normally open from 7am to 1pm and from 7pm until midnight.

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