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#522968 - 04/13/17 05:41 AM Price Hikes for Easter Fish  
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Two to three years ago when you would visit the fish market around Easter time, you would have paid about seven dollars on average for a pound of snapper. This year, the prices for fish are at an all-time high as we found out for ourselves when we took a walk at the Vernon Street Fish Market. We were out there just after three this afternoon; the number of buyers were about a handful and we figured that we got to beat the last minute rush which is anticipated for Holy Thursday. The types of fish ranged from yellowtail snapper to red snapper and from barrow to corn fish and fish fillet. The fish fillet is twelve dollars per pound; the yellowtail snapper was selling at eight dollars per pound while the red snapper was nine dollars per pound; this was the price at one stall but if you were to head further down you would be getting your snapper for as much as ten dollars per pound. So, did this price hike bother the consumers; we asked two of them who were willing to give us an interview.

FISH CONSUMER #1

“I’m buying about four or five pounds here.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“You don’t find it expensive this year compared to previous years?”

FISH CONSUMER #1

“It is but this is normal routine. These guys have to make their routine, this is Christmas for them and we don’t mind spending it because we’re not going to fish for it ourselves so we don’t mind spending for it. This is like Christmas for them, they work hard.”

FISH CONSUMER #2

“Preferably I was looking for Rock Fish but apparently someone from San Pedro is buying up all the rock fish to ship there for a better price, they buy it cheap and sell it for two or three times the value on the island so I have to settle for snapper.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“Now what do you think about the price of the snapper this year?”

FISH CONSUMER #2

“Again around these times they go up so its comparable. In Ladyville I bought some around eight dollars a pound and out here it is nine, if you really look at the weight it is about the same but compared to when we are used to three or four dollars a pound everything has doubled. It’s Easter so if you want it you have to pay for it.”

The vendor who was keeping his prices low told Love News that he estimates that he would be selling as much as five hundred pounds of snapper for the long weekend.

FISH VENDOR

“To tell you the truth it’s very slow today, usually we have more customers.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“Are you expecting more tomorrow?”

FISH VENDOR

“Yeah because usually people are late comers when it comes to buying thier fish. Usually they wait until Thursday so I believe we will have more customers tomorrow.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“Now talk to me in terms of the prices because last year I think it was six or seven dollars and now we are seeing an increase this year.”

FISH VENDOR

“From last year people have been selling fish for ten dollars a pound.”

Corn fish is also an option at the fish market and it is being sold for ten dollars per pound. But what exactly do you do with the corn fish? We asked Sharon Dougal to give us a quick lesson in cooking the corn fish.

SHARON DOUGAL

The consumption of fish on Good Friday has been a custom for most families for decades.

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#522984 - 04/14/17 05:40 AM Re: Price Hikes for Easter Fish [Re: Marty]  
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Good Friday Fish Finders 2017

And, if you listen to that old time superstition, then Good Friday is not the day to travel. In fact many will be at home or with their families, eating a fish meal.

Indeed, finding fish for Good Friday is a big deal in Holy Week. For Christians, fish is the meal of choice as a religious observance on the day that Christ died. But, it's gone from a purely religious custom to a deeply embedded cultural practice where everyone who can afford it: agnostic and believer, sinners and saints share the same meal. That can mean fried, baked or bar - b- qued fish, or, alternately, a good "sere." Today Sahar Vasquez went to the fish market to find out what's selling and what's cooking:...

William Hope - Fish Finder
"The fish is not bad but I think it is a bit expensive."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"How much?"

William Hope - Fish Finder
"I bought about 4 pounds and it cost almost 10$ a pound. I think that is rather expensive."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"How do you usually buy it for?"

William Hope - Fish Finder
"We'll normally, the last I paid was about $7 a pound. Now it's $10 today."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So a dramatic increase."

William Hope - Fish Finder
"It's very expensive. But like everything else we want to eat this on good Friday and I have to get the fish."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So what's the most popular catch?"

Francis Staine - Boatowner
"Snapper, we had a couple Jack's and one barracuda."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So how have the sales been? A lot of people buying?"

Francis Staine - Boatowner
"A lot a people the buy right now."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So they are buying the barracuda the snapper..."

Francis Staine - Boatowner
"Well the barracuda I get it fi miself because I use that."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"You're making good sales? Is this your best year?"

Francis Staine - Boatowner
"Well I try hard no fi gouge people so I sell at the same price- 7 and 8, so ih the go good."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"What has been the most popular catch this year for people to buy?"

Manuel - Fisherman
"Well they mostly ask for snapper, bake size and then thing deh."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"And what are you selling it at, at what price?"

Manue l- Fisherman
"Well they have different prices out yah, they got fu $8 and they got fu $10.'

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So people more buy the $8?"

Manuel - Fisherman
"Right."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"What goes for $8?"

Manuel - Fisherman
"Snappers, they yah right so da fu $8, you got for $7. Yeah, we got different prices out yah so man. Different boat have different prices."

Rasheed Price - Fish Finder
"We normally look for the red tail snapper."

Sahar Vasquez- Reporter
"And what do you make with that? Rice and beans or..."

Rasheed Price - Fish Finder
"Well it depends. We have family coming from foreign so it depends on what they want to eat: fried fish, baked fish, hudut, BBQ fish, it depends."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So you are cooking for a large amount of people?"

Rasheed Price - Fish Finder
"Normally I do, yes."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So how many pounds do you buy?"

Rasheed Price - Fish Finder
"That's like 25 pounds of fish in total."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"And how do you find the pricing- affordable or too much this year?"

Rasheed Price - Fish Finder
"$8 is not too bad, 'cause it's the same thing in the west and we come all the way from the west to get our fish."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"You prefer the fish here, you think it's the best?"

Rasheed Price - Fish Finder
"Yeah, it's good,"

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"Can you tell me about the fish you just bought? What kind is it?"

Clifford - Fish Finder
"Well actually I don't know. I don't know if the name of the fishes. My wife does the buying she knows exactly what it is. I just carry the bag."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So do you know what your wife is gonna cook with these fish?"

Clifford - Fish Finder
"All things she be using the rice and beans as usually, I think that's what they use for the summer."

Sahar Vasquez- Reporter
"What's the price?"

Freddy Kruger - Fisherman
"$10 a pound."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"And weh kinda fish have you been catching?"

Freddy Kruger - Fisherman
"Any kind once ih big like this."

Sahar Vasque z- Reporter
"What kind is that?

Freddy Kruger - Fisherman
"This is barro. You have snapper and so, that gwen fu 12."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"What kind are you looking for?"

Joseph Nuñez - Fish Finder
"Red snapper."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"And what are you going to make with this fish?"

Joseph Nuñez - Fish Finder
"Well tomorrow da good Friday, you dig, so fish with fried beans you know- da bun business. But weekend likewise and Sunday- hudut hudut."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"What do you think about the fish pricing"

Joseph Nuñez - Fish Finder
"Well you done know at this time yah so ih kinda outrageous but that's why you mek sure you mek wah couple a fisherman friend weh cu give you wah nice deal offa check."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So what kind of fish are you buying today?"

Joan Bennett - Fish Finder
"Well I buy grunt because that da the only fish I eat inna dih sea."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"And what will you make with this? A hudut, rice and beans..."

Joan Bennett - Fish Finder
"I gwen mek me mi hjudut. I tiad a rice so I gwen mash some hjudut today."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"Are you making for your whole family?"

Joan Bennett - Fish Finder
"Yeah, for me and my grandchildren."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"And how's the pricing to you?"

Joan Bennett - Fish Finder
"Well reasonable because wah pound a grunt da $6 and they give me fu 5 so really reasonable; I wah you snap that man picture too cause da he give me it for $5."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So you're out here to buy your fish right?"

Albert Neal - Fish Finder
"Trying to get."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"Ok, what kind of fish are you looking for?"

Albert Neal - Fish Finder
"Well snapper, barro."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So are you finding it or is it too late?"

Albert Neal - Fish Finder
"Well it seems that we got here a little bit too late. The catch just came in but we gonna see what da catch brought in because it seems it is scarce even in the waters."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So, are you going to cook with this fish?"

Albert Neal - Fish Finder
"I think we're just gonna a BBQ it."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So what kind of fish did you just buy?"

Donovan "Jewbwai"- Fish Finder
"Well I get wah couple pound a king fish."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So you're gonna cook that?"

Donovan "Jewbwai"- Fish Finder
"Yeah, tomorrow morning me a deal with them real Jamaican style."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So what? Rice and beans..."

Donovan "Jewbwai"- Fish Finder
"Yeah yeah, some rice and beans."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"How is it pricing? How you find the fish pricing?"

Donovan "Jewbwai"- Fish Finder
"Well ih aright you know cause the man weh go catch it da my friend so."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"You got a deal?"

Donovan "Jewbwai"- Fish Finder
"We play domino together so the man deal with me good."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So what kind of fish have you bought?"

Francis Robateau - Fish Finder
"Snapper."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"Ok, so you're gonna be cooking that with what tomorrow?"

Francis Robateau - Fish Finder
"Serre and beat plantain."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"And how do you find the pricing this year good or..."

Francis Robateau - Fish Finder
"Well the price da like $10 a pound."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"And how many pounds you bought?"

Francis Robateau - Fish Finder
"Like 5 pounds."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"So you ready fu eat up the fish?"

Francis Robateau - Fish Finder
"Yeah, but I come way from Esperanza village."

Jamal - Fisherboy
"I go dive da Half Moon Caye or Turneffe."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"And how much you mi catch this year?"

Jamal - Fisherboy
"Lot."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"This da want barracuda? So what else you caught?"

Jama l- Fisherboy
"I caught 6 snapper. I caught deh dangerous corrals, and red snapper and black snappers and turbits."

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"Keh kinda is this?"

Jama l- Fisherboy
"Tuna"

Sahar Vasquez - Reporter
"And you catch this?"

Jamal - Fisherboy
"Yes ma'am."

Some we spoke to earlier in the week complained of prices as high as 14 dollars a pound, but we didn't find that today.

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