Visakhapatnam: A fisherman in Guntur district struck gold when he netted a rare fish, whose bladder sells at Rs 11 lakh a kg. The fish is believed to possess medicinal properties and has high demand in China.
The fisherman, Doni Devudu from Danapet village in Bapatla mandal of Guntur district, caught the fish, commonly known as Ghol (Otolithoides biauritus). Traders from Maharashtra bought it and plan to export it to China.
Devudu could not believe his eyes when he found the fish, locally known as ‘Kachidi’, in his nets. As the word went around, Yeripilli Darakonda, owner of Baba Sea Foods at Vadarevu in Chiala mandal of Prakasam district, brought the fish from Bapatla for Rs 1.4 lakh, said A Chandrasekhar Reddy, joint director, fisheries department, Prakasam district.
Darakonda told TOI that the air bladder of the fish weighed 520 grams. The fish weighed 24.8 kgs. He said sold the fish to traders from Maharashtra. “A kilo of Ghol fish bladder sells for anywhere between Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 11 lakh, depending on its size, in the international market. I got 520 grams this time,” Darakonda said.
Dr Shubhadeep Ghosh, principal scientist at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute in Vizag, said Ghol is rarely found in the East Coast.
The bladder is used to make isinglass, which contains more than 80% collagen. It is used for preparation of beer and wine as a clearing agent.
It is also used in the pharma industry.