A fisherman from Jakhau town in Gujarat's Kutch district has netted a stock of rare 'Ghol' fish, which is worth around Rs one crore.
Fisherman Hasan Isha Bhaya has netted around 350 Ghol fish, the market value of which is close to Rs one crore. He got this catch during his possibly the last trip of the season, fisheries officials said.
Ghol or Protonibea diacanthus is a type of croaker which has a big market in Singapore and Malaysia. This fish is considered amongst the most-expensive variety of the marine fish. Its heart known as 'sea gold' is said to have medicinal properties and is an important ingredient in making a variety of medicines.
Bhaya had set on his fishing trip on April 24 from Jakhau and was hoping to return after spending over a week in the sea. However, he had to cut short his trip after three days as he had already got his prized catch.
"Along with 15 other fishermen, I had gone for fishing on April 24. Generally, we return after spending 8-10 days on the sea. However, this time, to my astonishment, I found that a huge stock of rare Ghol fish got trapped in my nets," Bhaya said.
The fishing season usually concludes by May 14 as the sea begins to turn rough prior to the Monsoon and fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea.
"This was possibly the last trip of the season, which has proved lucky for me. I got such an expensive variety of fish, whose worth is in crores (of rupees). I feel good when people call me a crorepati," Bhaya said.
According to officials, Bhaya has already given the catch to the company for whom he works, which is going to pay him the money.