Fish Sellers Fined for Hiking Prices

RAS AL KHAIMAH — Ras Al Khaimah Municipality slapped Dh500 fines on 17 fish traders in the Al Ma’aridh market for selling fish at increased prices, 
on Thursday.These fish traders did not comply with the official prices of fish that were set by the municipality’s fisheries commission, said Adil Ali Al Suwaid, Director of the RAK Municipality 
Fisheries Commission.

By Sebugwaawo Ismail

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Published: Sat 22 Aug 2009, 12:41 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:23 AM

He noted that many residents complained to them about being cheated as many traders hiked the prices of fish in the markets.The traders increased a kilo of sherry to Dh20 from Dh15 while a kilo of safi went up to Dh25 instead of Dh20 and 1kg of biyah rose from Dh30 to Dh35. One kilo of hammour was being sold at Dh45 instead of Dh40, according to the officials.

The fish traders have however attributed the price increase to the low supplies resulting from the fishermen’s small catches due to the high temperatures which also force many fishes to migrate to the cooler and deeper sea.

Mustafa Hassan, a fish trader in the Al Ma’aridh market said only a few fishermen have been venturing out to sea due to the scorching sun.

“Those few fishermen who venture into the sea during summer have to use other fishing methods as fish tend to go deeper in search for cooler environment. The fishermen therefore decide to increase the prices of their catch because of the high demand in the markets,” added Hassan.Fahad Nassir a RAK fisherman said with the current high temperatures and the recent dusty atmosphere and the strong winds which were surrounding the sea, many fishermen feared going out for fishing and this largely contributed to the low fish supplies in the markets which forced some fishermen and the traders to hike the fish prices.

He however noted that the fishing season is expected to begin soon and big numbers of fish will start appearing again in the shallow fishing areas, as the temperatures and the sea conditions are expected to improve.

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