Mumbai: There is a good news for seafood
lovers hit by the recent oil spill as a marine biologist has
claimed that the expensive fish catch for Mumbai comes far
away from Bombay shores like Palgarh, Dahanu on west coast
upto Gujarat and therefore absolutely safe for consumption.
However, not ready to take chances, the municipal
corporation has begun conducting random checks in civic
markets for contamination.
"Most of the expensive fish like Ghol, Rawas, Surmai and
Dara are caught by `gill net` far from Mumbai shore at
Palgarh, Dahanu upto Gujarat where there is no oil spill on
the western side right upto Gujarat," Dr B Chhapgar, formerly
in-Charge of state-owned Tarapore Aquarium said.
Lobsters for Mumbai come from Vasai, Manori, Uttan,
Kore, Dativare, also from west coast away from Mumbai port
which is affected with oil spill following the collision of
two vessels off Mumbai coast on August 7.
Chhapgar also said since fish are fast swimmers if they
find any danger in waters, they move to safer places soon.
Moreover, the fishermen in Maharashtra including Mumbai
do not venture into the sea officially in June to August (till
the Narial Poornima Day August 24), he said.
Earlier, both Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and the
municipal corporation had appealed people to stay away from
the seafood for a while after the oil spill.
But the civic body has sent the seafood samples for
testing in the laboratory for contamination, said Assistant
Municipal Commissioner (Markets) Deepak Kamat.