By Asad Ullah
Jellyfish bloom once considered bad luck for the fish and other creatures of the sea has now become an easy source of earning for fishermen.
The season of jellyfish is between February-March to July-August and lasts just for 10 to 15 days.
“ All fishermen are engaged during the season to catch the jellyfish as it’s an easy practice for catching easily from a short distance to the coast”, Ghani a local fisherman in Damb Sonmiani told Pak Voices.
“Sometimes we even make two trips in a day”, he adds.
Two types of jellyfish Rhopilema Hispedium and Catostylus Prezei, at a price of Rs 40, is exported from Pakistan to China and Vietnam and is eaten by many countries in South East Asia.
“About 10,000 people are engaged in this activity and work on daily wages and they will continue with their daily other fishing after the ending of jellyfish bloom”, Ghani said.
After catching, fishermen separate the bell or umbrella of jellyfish from remaining parts on the boats and the bell or umbrella is discarded at the sea.
The appendages are kept and sold to the processing plants, the appendages are first dried and salted then later eaten in different forms after a long preservation”, he said.
There are 10 processing plants present only in Damb.
Approximately 1,400 metric tons of jellyfish was exported from Pakistan last year. 2,114 metric tons in 2007, 1,756 metric tons in 2008 and 1,118 metric tons in 2009, according to the handbook of fisheries statistics of Pakistan.
About Author: Asad Ullah is a marine biologist based in Pasni, Gwadar.
Edited by Aneela Riazuddin