Oil spill off Mumbai coast affects fish supply

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 18:34

Mumbai: As a repercussion of collision
between two ships and oil spill off Mumbai coast, the seafood
lovers here may have to abstain from their cherished food for
sometime as supply of fishes will decrease further with oil
polluting the sea water.

Fishing Association has been directed not to go fishing
as sea water has been polluted due to the oil spill from cargo
vessel MSC Chitra after it collided with another cargo ship
MV-Khalijia III off the Mumbai coast Saturday.

"Due to monsoon the fishing activity has been stopped
and there is very minimal supply and with this incident the
supply of fishes will be hit harder. Marine life will be
affected. Enough operations have not been taken to contain the
oil spread," National Fishworkers Forum`s General Secretary
Rambhau Patil said here.

The hotel owners serving seafood as specialty anticipate
shoot up in prices due to short supply of edible aquatic
animals, which already hits a low in monsoon.

Owner of a popular seafood joint Melting Pot in suburban
Vile Parle, Dhananjay Shetty said, "The incident will
definitely have an impact on the supply and we might have to
increase the prices of sea food by 30-40 per cent. The
situation will be clear in a couple of days and after that a
proper decision will be taken."

All India Hotel and Restaurants Association`s (AHAR)
President Chandrashar Shetty said, "During monsoon the intake
of fish and other sea food is already low. With this incident
(oil spill) customers will have to do away with sea food for
few days as supply will be hit."

Fisherman and President of Akhil Maharashtra
Machchimar Kriti Samiti, Damodar Tandel, said, "The oil has
spread over an area of 25 km and this will kill a lot of small
fish hitting local fishermen as this is there only source of
income. We intend to write a letter to Chief Minister Ashok
Chavan asking compensation from the owners of the ships."

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 18:34

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