A Maharashtra fisherman had no idea that his luck would turn around overnight after the months-long fishing ban.
On the late evening of August 28, Chandrakant Tare, a Palghar fisherman, set off for fishing with eight of his friends. They traveled to Wadhwan, which is 20 to 25 nautical miles distant, aboard the boat Harba Devi.
We had no idea that this fishing excursion would turn his life around. Tare and his crew caught 157 ghol fish, sometimes known as “sea gold,” which sold for Rs 1.33 crore. The fish auction was place at Murbe, Palghar. Traders from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar bought the entire shipment.
Ghol Fishes: What Are They?
The croaker fish, Protonibea Diacanthus, has a scientific name of ‘Protonibea Diacanthus.’ Such fishes are extremely scarce in the area due to pollution. To catch a decent catch, local fishermen must swim deep into the water.
What Are the Prices of Ghol Fishes?
Ghol is now the most expensive fish in India. It is native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans and has fetched a world-record price in fish auctions along the Gujarat and Maharashtra beaches. Fishermen call it “sea gold” because it helps them get over financial difficulties.
According to a CNN Traveller article, the swim bladder is the fish’s most prized possession. It is dried and used in the wine and beer industry for cleansing. The bigger the fish, the bigger the swim bladder, which costs Rs 50,000 per kilogram.
What Is A Ghol Fish’s Purpose?
Because of its therapeutic properties, the fish is also known as the “fish with a golden heart.” Ghol skin is a wonderful source of high-quality collagen, which is used in the production of functional foods as well as a variety of cosmetics. It can also be used as a replacement for porcine and bovine gelatin. Pharmaceutical firms utilize the fins of this fish to make dissolving sutures.
What is the Process of Ghol Fish Farming?
The ghol fish is in high demand in nations such as Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan for medical and pharmaceutical reasons.