Residents of the eastern region complained of a rise in fish prices by up to 120%, after the decision to close the fish markets precautionally in the Emirate of Fujairah and the dependent areas, while the Fujairah Fishermen Association confirmed that the prices of local and fresh fish are sold at prices ranging between 30 and 45 dirhams, a maximum of a kilogram, which is delivered For homes to help parents.

And «Emirates Today» monitored the prices in the markets after receiving many complaints from the people of the eastern region, as the price of a kilogram of “sal”, which is sold at the Fujairah Fishermen’s Association, reached about 30 dirhams in other markets, and at the tables of some fishermen in Fujairah at 50 dirhams, knowing that the kilo of “sal” It is enough for only two people, and large families need more than a kilogram.

The "nagger" was sold by pill according to weight, at a price ranging between 45 and 55 dirhams, while the price of a "pork" kilogram was 60 dirhams, after it was 30 dirhams, and "Sultan Ibrahim" at 60 dirhams, after its prices ranged between 22 and 25 dirhams per kilogram In addition to the “marginal” fish, which was sold from 25 to 30 dirhams, it became 60 dirhams on the tables of Asian fishermen, and others who took advantage of the closure of fish markets to their advantage.

For his part, the citizen Rashid Ali Mohamed said: “We, as consumers, are suffering from the exploitation of some local markets in the eastern region and the tables of fishermen, due to the current circumstances, to raise the prices of fish in an exaggerated manner, on the pretext of the small number of trips.”

He added, "The official authorities must hold them accountable and monitor them. Citizens face challenges during this period, and these markets should help them, instead of overburdening them with unacceptable amounts."

Latifa Al Ali, a citizen from the Emirate of Fujairah, said: “The fish meal is the main in the house of most of the citizens in the eastern region, and their urgent need made them pay double sums for the kilogram, which was sold a few days ago at much lower prices.”

She pointed out that "some of the markets and tables, which fishermen offer fish, are frozen and fresh, yet the prices are very high, but some citizens are forced to buy them because there is no alternative to them."

Hussain Mohammed, a fish seller in the fish market in Fujairah, Hussein Mohamed said: “He no longer sells fish after the decision to close the market by the local authorities.” He pointed out that the prices are currently not fixed for the local markets, as some trips stopped completely, and a large number did not go out From fishermen to fishing, which led to a shortage of supplies, and demand for fish is great during this period.

Fresh fish is available

The president of the Fishermen’s Association in Fujairah, Mahmoud Al-Shara, said that fresh local fish are available and the demand for them increased, as all quantities are sold daily, after the decision to close the fish market in the Emirate of Fujairah and its regions in order to prevent the Corona virus and prevent its spread.

He pointed out that the fish sold by the association ranged between 30 and 45 dirhams for a maximum of fish in kilograms, which are delivered to homes at low prices to help the people of the eastern region, as the delivery price inside the emirate is 10 dirhams, while outside it is 15 dirhams, stressing that operations have been distributed Delivery to the members of the association, to facilitate delivery to homes as quickly as possible, as he delivers requests outside the emirate himself.

He pointed out that the lack of fishing trips, which requires only three fishermen to go out on each trip, resulted in a lack of fish offered, but the association did not make this circumstance affect prices compared to other markets, stressing the availability of multiple types of local fish (such as Al-Salad, Al-Haddi, Sultan Ibrahim and Al-Khathaq ), In addition to (nagger, capillary and brushes) and other fish. He noted that most of the requests were for the Khor Fakkan, Kalba and Dibba Al-Hisn regions.