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Friday, September 3, 2021

fishes rain Gold at Palghar !!

Protonibea diacanthus is a species of fish of the family of esciènids and the order of Perciformes – have you heard of Otter boards ?

India dots a long coastline and fishing is the livelihood of many.  There are many variants of fishing boats right from the contraptions of catamarans to big factory ships.  Along the coastline are the Fishing harbour from which many Trawlers, again of varying sizes operate.  For a commoner, a fishing trawler (also called a dragger) is a commercial fishing vessel designed for fishing in a method that involves pulling fishing nets that are spread along the bottom of the sea.   Depending upon the size, area, local conditions and the availability of fishing, fisherfolk go for day, 3, 5 or more days of venturing into the sea.  In one variant of trawlers, there would be rectangular boards known as otter boards, which keep the mouth of the trawl net open.  The boards are made of timber and would weigh heavily.  The net is further kept open by floats and other equipments. 

The brutal killing of Sadhus at Palghar in Maharashtra by supposedly local criminals in the very presence of policemen shows the level of utter lawlessness and police apathy, besides booming morale of criminal-politician nexus in the state. While the so-deceased sadhus met their gory end en-route to attend the funeral of their Guruji in Gujarat, the macabre incident did not obviously stir  the nation’s conscience – they were Sadhus ! and not someone else !!.  But what particularly intrigues is the fact that why the policemen there could not protect these unarmed victims and, instead, let them go beaten mercilessly to death by just simply watching the barbarous murder of those who have no direct concerns with the mundane world.  

Palghar is a town in the Konkan division of Maharashtra state, India and a municipal council. It is in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, and since 2014 it has been the administrative capital of the Palghar district. Palghar lies on the Western Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway in the busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail corridor. The town is located about 87 kilometers north of Mumbai, about 35 kilometers north of Virar and about 24 kilometers west of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway at Manor.  The Koli (fishermen) community of Palghar is a reminder of the city's links with the Arabian sea.  Incidentally, yesterday’s batting hero Shardul Thakur who scored 50 off 31 balls hails from Palghar. Palghar is in news again !! – not for that killing of Sadhus.

Police and coastal security went into a tizzy after an unidentified mini-barge hit the rocks of the coast in Maharashtra's Palghar district. The incident took place near the Bhuigaon village and officials are currently on high alert. The boat is stranded on a rocky stretch around 4 kms off the coast and no identification name or flag is visible, sparking suspicions among the Palghar police and the Indian Coast Guard. The police conducted a drone survey and alerted the Coast Guard which is understood to have carried out an aerial survey, but could not identify the vessel. Now, the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) has been approached to help out in ascertaining the vessel's antecedents.

A catch of `Ghol’, (Protonibea diacanthus) a type of blackspotted croaker fish, has brought a windfall for a fisherman from Maharashtra’s Palghar district, fetching a price of Rs 1.33 crore.  The photo is not that of Ghol fish – not keen to post photos of dead fishes !

Chandrakant Tare, a resident of Murbhe, had set sail with his team on August 15. They came upon a school of Ghol on August 28, about 25 nautical miles off the coast of Wadhwan in the district, he told reporters on Wednesday. The entire batch of 157 fish was sold to a group of traders from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for Rs 1.33 crore, he said. The scientific nomenclature of the variety is Protonibea diacanthus and it is considered to be among the most expensive marine fish. It is in great demand in south-east Asia and Hong Kong, said a local trader. Its fins are said to have medicinal value and are also used in wine production in Singapore, he said.

Fishes have rained Gold for some !!  interesting !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
3rd Sept 2021 

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