Oil spill off Mumbai coast affects fish supply

Fishing Association has been directed not to go fishing as sea water has been polluted due to the oil spill from cargo vessel MSC Chitra after it collided with another cargo ship MV-Khalijia III off the Mumbai coast Saturday.

"Due to monsoon the fishing activity has been stopped and there is very minimal supply and with this incident the supply of fishes will be hit harder. Marine life will be affected. Enough operations have not been taken to contain the oil spread," National Fishworkers Forum's General Secretary Rambhau Patil told PTI here.

The hotel owners serving seafood as specialty anticipate shoot up in prices due to short supply of edible aquatic animals, which already hits a low in monsoon.

Owner of a popular seafood joint Melting Pot in suburban Vile Parle, Dhananjay Shetty said, "The incident will definitely have an impact on the supply and we might have to increase the prices of sea food by 30-40 per cent. The situation will be clear in a couple of days and after that a proper decision will be taken."

All India Hotel and Restaurants Association's (AHAR) President Chandrashar Shetty said, "During monsoon the intake of fish and other sea food is already low. With this incident (oil spill) customers will have to do away with sea food for few days as supply will be hit."

Fisherman and President of Akhil Maharashtra Machchimar Kriti Samiti, Damodar Tandel, said, "The oil has spread over an area of 25 km and this will kill a lot of small fish hitting local fishermen as this is there only source of income. We intend to write a letter to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan asking compensation from the owners of the ships."

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