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Tentacles of hope for Thai fishermen as jellyfish season arrives


Feeling the financial sting of Covid-19, fishermen in the South of Thailand have found an unlikely remedy – jellyfish. The southwest monsoon is set to blow in a rich harvest of the sea creatures, bringing much-needed cash to seaside communities like Ban Pak Khong in Trang province.

Here, fisherfolk can generate income of THB5,000-10,000 per day from selling jellyfish, which can inject THB100,000 daily into the community from May to September.

Kasem Bunya, a 52-year-old community headman and jellyfish trader, said the southwest monsoon will bring a huge harvest of jellyfish that can be cooked and eaten or used as medicine.

"This is a great opportunity to generate income after suffering during the Covid-19 outbreak," he said.

Tentacles of hope for Thai fishermen as jellyfish season arrives

The price of a jellyfish in the South is currently THB4-8 after several markets overseas were closed as part of Covid-19 restrictions.

"Chinese people usually generate high demand for jellyfish as they use them to make medicine, while Thais usually cook them in dishes such as Yen Ta Fo [noodles in pink soup],” Kasem said.

Tentacles of hope for Thai fishermen as jellyfish season arrives

 

He added that communities in Satun, Krabi, Phang Nga and Phuket would also benefit from jellyfish season.

Tentacles of hope for Thai fishermen as jellyfish season arrives

Published : May 11, 2021

By : The Nation