Mumbai Fishermen Get Marine Lottery, Sell Ghol Fish for 5.5 Lakh

‘Ghol’ fish, known as the costliest breed of fish, fetched 5.5 lakh to two fishermen in Palghar in Maharashtra.

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According to a report,  wholesale fish traders submerge their catch in a solution called ‘formalin’ to prevent rotting. 

Ghol fish, known as the costliest breed of fish, fetched 5.5 lakh to two fishermen in Palghar in Maharashtra on 5 August on Sunday. Brothers Mahesh Meher and Bharat caught the 30kg ‘ghol’ while on their regular activity of catching fish on their small boat Sai Laxmi, reports the Times of India. The fish was caught along the Mumbai-Palghar coastline, the report added.

The ‘ghol’ was caught on Friday while returning from the Murbe coast, in addition to their regular stock of pomfret and others. A ‘fish with a heart of gold’, as it’s known, was sold at a whopping 5.5 lakh rupees at an auction, within twenty minutes. Soon after the fish was caught, traders started lining on the coast in the early hours of Monday to place their bids.

Known as a delicacy, the variety is also famous for its medicinal properties and its internal organs are exported to Singapore and Malaysia in different grades. ‘Ghol’ skin is recognised as a good source of collagen and is used in the manufacture of cosmetic products.

"Even a low-grade fish fetches Rs 800-1,000 a kg," Utan fisherman Malcom Kasugar told The Times of India. Kasugar caught the ghol in May this year and it fetched him 5.16 lakh rupees.

Fisherman Mahesh considered his catch a marine lottery. “Catch has reduced over the years. So, a ‘ghol’ in the net comes as a big relief. The money will help me over a financial crisis. I can now repair my boats and net,” he told The Times of India.

(With inputs from Times of India)

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