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Apr 13, 2022

How Will You Make Your Fish This Easter?

Many people will be flocking the fish markets to purchase their fish for Good Friday, but how much will the fish cost this year? News Five’s Marion Ali went looking and checked in with a food vendor for options on ways to prepare your family’s Good Friday fish. Here’s her report.


Marion Ali, Reporting

There will be no shortage of fish this Holy Thursday as Christians and fish lovers on a whole make that last minute run to the fish market for their Good Friday meal. But how much will it cost you? Fisherman Oliver Sutherland says the jump in fuel prices will have a bearing on what you pay. He breaks down the difference in prices.


Oliver Sutherland

Oliver Sutherland, Fisherman

“Yoh see each different fisherman weh yoh goh long, everybody wa tell yoh a different price because everybody want sell dehn product.  Fi the medium size plate size, wi nuh wa charge yoh da lee ten, but wi wa charge yoh wa lee eight (dollars). Yeah, that good because wi di watch weh wi di deal wid because wid this fuel business ya, fi just move this yoh di look pahn wa cool five cents.  Yoh got the choice bwaiz deh.”


Marion Ali

“The big one.”


Oliver Sutherland

“Yeah. Yoh got the choice bwaiz dehn weh wa run yoh bout a pound and change to a pound.”


Marion Ali

“How much?”


Oliver Sutherland

“Wa lee ten dollars a pound mein.”


But if ten dollars a pound for big snappers is a bit too steep for your pocket this year, there are cheaper options in other types.


Oliver Sutherland

“The barrow da wa fly fish, but da wa fish weh yoh could do slabs – slices soh wi wa have to gih yoh that fi wa lee eight, seven, gih yoh fi wa lee seven.  We have Jimmy – Jimmy Hind – and we also have grunt. As ah seh if yoh come and yoh di buy from me like how me da wa captain and yoh di buy from me, I have leniency within.  Wi di sell paagi fi wa lee – wa lee six (dollars a pound) – paagi good fi six because we been mi di sell paagi fi five.”


You may be asking why do fishermen raise their prices at this time of year. Oliver Sutherland says it’s not a fisherman’s Christmas, but like most other businesses, there are peak seasons and Easter is it for them.


Oliver Sutherland

“The fisherman dehn weh dehn have to do da raise the price ah dehn fish because memba dehn nuh gwein da sea agen. Dehn have to try see that dehn have something fi sustain dehn throughout da period ah time.”


Now that that has been explained, let’s look at ways you can cook the fish you spent so much money on. We turned to commercial cook Shantel Reneau for that bit of advice.


Shantel Reneau

Shantel Reneau, Commercial Cook

“You could barbeque it, maybe put some vegetables inside of it inside a (piece of) foil paper, you know, stuff it in there, season it really well inside the foil paper and you grill it.”


But if you’re not a big fan of the grill, there are easier options.


Shantel Reneau

“If yoh have the fish fillet, yoh cud either slice the fish fillet an yoh bread it, yoh pan fry it, just put a little bit of oil inside deh, yoh pan fry it on both sides until ih very crispy or yoh could deep fry the fish fillet so you could have a nice fish chips, you know.”


While fried fish is tasty, you might want yet another option if you’re watching your weight. Reneau offers this healthy option to consider.


Shantel Reneau

“Stuff the fish, bake it, put in your seasonings, whatever you might want on top of the fish, some tomatoes, cilantro, onion, just put it on top there for flavor or garnish.”


Enjoy your fish, everyone! Marion Ali for News Five.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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