Fish prices in Kismayo have shot up in the last few weeks owing to reduced supplies and high demand witnessed during the month of Ramadan.
Fishermen in Kismayo told Goobjoog News the heavy waves at sea have made it difficult for fishermen to catch enough fish while at the same time the demand has significantly increased.
The fishermen can not go for deep sea fishing now because the ocean in very hostile as a result of the waves, local said.
A kilogram of fish which retailed at $2 now goes for $5 forcing locals to resort to alternatives to meet their daily food needs.
The Somali fishing industry has high potential for growth and job creation. Though it is not among the top three contributors to the country’s GDP, the fishing industry is gradually growing as Somalis adopt fish away from beef.