Squid fishing business in Kawthoung helps villagers earn for living amid COVID-19 crisis

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About 150 fishing boats from Maputay village can collect 2,600 kilogrammes of squids.  Photo : Kyaw Soe (Kawthoung)

Squid catching business using old-fashioned fishing techniques allows the families in fishing villages of Kawthoung Township to do well amid the employment difficulties triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
The fishermen held the licence for catching, and they sell their squids to the small businesspersons. The squid is popular street food in Thailand market, and so, they are sent to neighbouring Thailand through legitimate trade. The families in fishing villages, Kawthoung Township are increasing their income amid the pandemic. The villagers use an old fashioned technique using snail shell bait. That fishing method is commonly used by fishermen of Maputay and Chanphan villages.
The fishing rope positioned with snail shell baits is placed in the sea at night and pull back again in the morning to collect the squid inside the shells.
That old technique is eco-friendlier than poisoning and electrofishing. It helps conserve the aquatic resources, according to the Fisheries Department.
The squids are mostly caught in winter. About 150 fishing boats from Maputay village can collect 2,600 kilogrammes of squids. A kilo of squid fetches K4,700 in the village market, a dealer said.—Kyaw Soe (Kawthoung) (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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