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Apr 1, 2015

Fish, It’s What’s for Easter

Earlier today, we headed out to the local fish stands to see how fish vendors were preparing for the last minute rush for fish as the Lenten season comes to an end. We found out that the preferred fish is snapper and as you might guess, it is in short supply which also means that that demand has taken the price up. Duane Moody found out what is the price per pound of snapper and has a report on this hot commodity.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Today, the Conch Shell Fish Market was busting with vendors; a variety of fish products were available in time for the holidays. While shrimp and conch were on sale, it’s fish that customers were looking for. Jack, barrow, grouper and even the bass, but for Easter holidays, snapper is the fish that is in demand. As usual, this particular fish is scarce and if it is, it carries a high price.

 

Heathan Marin

Heathan Marin, Fish Vendor

“Right now on a whole, snapper is scarce. Fisherman go out and barely get so that’s the reason why fish is so expensive. When it comes down to snapper. When it comes down to buying fish, you got different price; you got four, five and six…different class of fish. The main priority about fish is snapper. Everybody wants to eat snapper and it is scarce around this time. So that is the reason why snapper is so expensive around this time. Right now I have snappers, I have stone bass, I have grunt, I have mackerel and some jack.”

 

Duane Moody

“And the pricing for them?”

 

Heathan Marin

“From four go right up. The most dah six.”

 

As it is, the vendors are trying to meet the demands of the season, but many are out of stock.

 

Heathan Marin

“People are coming out, they are coming out. They need to get their fish early but we deh pan the last minute now. They need to come out now or tomorrow none noh wah deh yah.”

 

Duane Moody

“Now every year for you, you get everything out?”

 

Heathan Marin

“Yep. Everybody…everything sold.”

 

Duane Moody

“How long have you been doing this?”

 

Heathan Marin

“From a born; born and grow dah market, old market.”

 

Heathan Marin has been in the business for years. But how lucrative is the it?

 

Heathen Marin

“On a whole. Fish sell seven dollars a pound for snapper. So when dehn top up like two or three dollars, dah noh nothing much. And on a whole, snapper is seven dollars a pound.  Some man spend two, three hundred dollars to go out and only catch fifty pounds of fish. I mean fi say ih noh make it, yo understand mi.  Yo have to be reasonable with people and if yo got yo customers them, yo have to know how to treat them right. Although fish gone up, my customers still get them for the same price. So that’s it.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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