In an attempt to reduce fish prices, local authorities are studying a proposal to ban expatriates from participating in public auctions for fish and shrimps held daily in Mubarakiya, Fahaheel and Sharq markets, reports Al-Rai daily. The proposal would allow Kuwaitis to enter the auction exclusively.
“This proposal comes out of our keenness to supply fish and shrimps to the Kuwaiti market at reasonable prices,” said Faisal Al-Hasawi, Deputy Director General for Fish Resources at the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR).
He added that allowing the public, including restaurants and companies, to bid for fish has rose fish prices to high levels, effectively ‘depriving’ Kuwaitis from “getting their (fair) shares.” One proposal requires customers to show their civil IDs as a way to make sure that only Kuwaitis enter the bidding process, while expatriates would be required to buy directly from vendors. Other proposal calls for allocating a weekly share for Kuwaitis to take by showing their civil ID at the auction.