The Kerala State Cooperation Federation for Fisheries Development (Matsyafed) is all set to start new fish markets to improve the fish trade. 

The plan is to start ten new fish markets in three years. The first fish market will open in Kottayam. The construction of the market will begin on the land of Matsyafed.

Eventually, Ernakulam, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode will also get new fish markets. The fish market will include modern facilities to keep the fish fresh and will be built on a 2000 to 3000 square feet of land. 

All varieties of fresh fish including dry fish, frozen fish and fish pickles will be available in these markets. Stalls where after cutting and cleaning the selected fish, masala will be added and the fish will be given ready to make curry just by adding water and heating it up. Even dishes like ‘clay pot fish curry’ will be prepared there to attract the customers. 

The Matsyafed is collecting fish caught by traditional fishing methods through Fishermen’s Cooperative Society. Around 30 types of fishes collected this way will reach the market for sale. What makes these new markets unique is that fish will be caught in the traditional manner by 12 PM and it will be sold to the buyers within four hours of fetching it.

Meanwhile, the ‘Fishetarian mobile mart’ started in Thiruvananthapuram has become popular. Thus three more such marts will be opened soon.

Another plan to start ‘seafood kitchens’ on the pathways like Coffee House is under consideration. The restaurants aim to provide various fish recipes to the buyers. The first restaurant will start in Alappuzha.

It is hoped that ‘Fresh fish supermarket’ will be functional in 6 months. The Kerala State Cooperation Federation for Fisheries Development has decided to take necessary steps to reach out to a large number of people and get them to buy the fresh fish.