October 19, 2017

Eel supply low, prices high

A vendor sells fresh eels and fish at a market in Kalaw, southern Shan State. Photo: Jessica Mudditt
A vendor sells fresh eels and fish at a market in Kalaw, southern Shan State. Photo: Jessica Mudditt

THE local price of eels is on the rise, while eel exports are in a slump due to low eel populations this year.
The price of eels, including long-finned eels, rose to K5,000 per viss (1.63 kilos) this year, up from K1,4000 last year. But exports have declined by 40 per cent, said U Ba Thaw, vice president of the Central Executive Committee under the Myanmar Fishery Federation. The rise in prices has been attributed to low populations of farmed eels this year.
“There have been deaths of eels and long-finned eels due to harsh temperatures. That’s the reason why the supply has declined,” said an eel breeder.
Local consumers prefer eels to long-finned eels.—200

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