Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: Difference of opinion with traders over pricing of fish forced fishermen to keep away from the sea for the second consecutive day on Sunday.

About 500 mechanised boats remained anchored at the Cuddalore port area.

The fishermen said that a couple of days ago, when the arrivals were lean, the traders offered Rs. 1,000 for a 50-kg box. But, when the quantum of catch exceeded expectations, the traders cut their prices to Rs. 3,00-Rs. 400 a box.

The fishermen said that it would not even meet fuel expenses. When the prices nosedived, some fishermen picked up quarrels with the traders, who maintained that since the demand from Kerala and Andhra Pradesh had slackened, they could not offer high prices.

As tension prevailed at fish landing yards, police personnel were deployed to monitor the situation.

As a mark of protest against the “arbitrary price fixation” by the traders, the fishermen dumped all their catch on the shore.

They have said that they would not resume fishing till the price situation improved.