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Kerala: Lockdown in Kerala’s coastal regions hits seafood shipments to overseas markets by V Sajeev Kumar July 22,2020   |  Source: The Hindu Business Line

The current lockdown in Kerala’s coastal areas due to rising Covid cases has had its toll on seafood shipments and exporters say that “movement has virtually come to a standstill” following the suspension of operations in processing units. “We have no clue on how to cope with the situation as we are totally stuck”, Alex K Ninan, president of the Seafood Exporters Association of India-Kerala region told BusinessLine. The emerging situation assumes greater significance when there is rising demand from overseas markets, especially in the July-August period, he said.

US demand is strong and Japan’s is picking up. However, the shortage of raw materials is posing hurdles. The closing down of fishing harbours in landing centres, non-functioning of shrimp peeling sheds in the coastal belt of Alapuzha, have all badly affected the sector. Shrimp prices ruling firm Since the monsoon period has been considered as the period of Chakara (a rare marine phenomenon in which large numbers of fish throng an area), it is time for abundant fish availability. Though it is the peak season for varieties such as Poovlan shrimps, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, etc, he said the sector could not tap the full potential due to the ban on fishing along the coast. The sector is now facing zero

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