Fish vendors are praying that sales improve as Easter draws closer because they have experienced a drastic drop in sales.
Fish vendors at the San Fernando and Otaheite Bay Fishing Depots believe consumers are not buying, mainly because they have no money.
Different types and sizes of fish and shrimp were on display on the stalls, but there were just a handful of customers, each looking for the most reasonable price.
Granville fishermen are calling on the Environmental Management Authority to investigate the toxicity levels from the Gulf of Paria after they noticed fish caught in their fish pots were turning up dead.
With the red fish season already here, the fishermen say they were facing losses and were finding it increasingly difficult to survive.
Captain Wayne Pura said they can barely afford to buy fuel for their pirogues, so many of them were trying to capitalise on the red fish season which lasts until March.
Expect fish prices to increase if State-owned Petrotrin fails to fix a ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Paria.
The well, located approximately 4.5 nautical miles off Orange Valley, Carapichaima, has been spilling oil into the sea since Thursday, posing serious risk to marine operators.
Members of the Orange Valley Pirogue Fishermen’s Association met with yesterday with Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial and expressed concern about the length of time it was taking to stop the spill.
Thousands of dead fishes are continuing to wash ashore on the beaches of La Brea, prompting speculation that the fishes are being dumped as a ploy to bring down fish sales.
The fishes were first spotted on Monday at Carat Shed Beach but as the week progressed they began washing up at Point Sable beach.
President of the La Brea Fisherfolk Association Alvin La Borde said most of the fishes were herrings, sardines, and mullet. He said the fishes appear to have been dumped as most of them were already past the point of decay.
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) says it received reports of dead fish on the beaches of La Brea early this morning.
A statement form the EMA says that upon receipt of the report, the EMA dispatched its officers to investigate the sites, which confirmed that dead fish were observed at Carat Shed Beach and Point Sable Beach.
It says the dominant species of fish located on the shores was herring, mostly evident at Carat Shed Beach.
The fish discovered were in an advanced state of decomposition.
A team of international scientists have discovered, rather rediscovered a ‘faceless’ fish in the deep sea, believed to have been seen a century ago.
This happened after intensive research on the depths of a huge abyss just off the East Coast of Australia.
Sampling the Abyss – which was the mission’s name was initiated by Museums Victoria – helped find a species also believed to be new to science.
The faceless fish is 40 centimetres long and lived about 4 kilometres below sea level.
A joint statement by the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has stated that the dead fish seen floating in Chaguaramas this week, were dumped there.
The IMA and EMA issued the following statement today.
"On May 10th 2017, the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) received notification that dead fish were observed in the Chaguaramas area close to the Crews Inn Marina and Power Boats facilities.
Fish vendors in Cocorite and Chaguaramas say they will not be raising their prices as yet for the Lenten season.
Fish is in high demand during this fasting period however the vendors say at least for now the prices will remain the same.
However, they tell CNC3 that when it gets closer to Easter and the demand increases prices will be increased.
One vendor has said, for example, that a pound of King fish which is $50 a pound could go up to $65 closer to Easter.
We'll have more in the CNC3 News at 7pm.