ISLAMABAD: As winter season has started gripping the country, a great surge is being witnessed in the sale of fish in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The business of fish is on rise as stalls of fish sellers and those dealing in selling fried fish could be seen in every nook and corner of the city.
The fish supply comes from water reservoirs at Mangla, Tarbela and Simli while the sea catch from Karachi include trout, rahu, mahshair, barb, silver, mushka, salmon, thailla and morakhi.
Most of the merchants dealing in fish prefer to buy fish from Ganj Mandi whereas many deal directly with the fish farms.
One of these traders, who has established his stall at Abpara Market, told APP that they got the supply from Karachi.
“Most of the people in Islamabad prefer to eat fish without fishbone, which can easily be found in the sea,” said Asim Khan a fish seller.
Asim Khan said he had been attached with this business for last ten years but it was now on a decline.
The fish business, although on the surge in the ongoing season, was still not profitable when compared with the trend found three years ago.
A fried fish seller Zain Khan said: “I have been doing this business for the past 23 years at Commercial Market and Saddar Babu Bazaar. It is a game of demand and supply, the demand of fish increases in winter therefore we earn a lot in chilly weather.”
The breeding season of trout is from December to February. Rainbow trout is widely accepted as food fish of high quality and fetches good price to sellers.
Health experts are of the view that studies suggest that fish is a great source of protein and it can be a cure for many diseases. They say people suffering from heart diseases, high-blood pressure and diabetes should use white meat as part of their treatment.