Even if you live by the sea is seafood very expensive?

@thea09 (18329)
Greece
June 18, 2009 12:12pm CST
I find it ironic that even though living very close to the sea the seafood is very expensive, here it is 30 euros a kilo to buy and 60 euros per kilo in the restaurants. Is it the same in your part of the world or is it a European thing?
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• United States
18 Jun 09
oh yea,it's extremely expensive. part due to overfishing,and part due to local tourism. they want to charge them the most they can,and they don't give the actual residents a break.
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
18 Jun 09
Here the price is regulated by the sea police and the local fishermen have to keep a log of what they catch, type and weight.
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• United States
19 Jun 09
yea there's certain rules they have to follow,but on the whole they can charge what they want,right off the boat.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
3 Jul 09
Well here I have heard of one guy who fishes without a licence which means he can sell for what he wants but he pays off the local sea police with fish.
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@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
18 Jun 09
it is very different from here, when i was a child we live close to the sea, and seafoods are not that expensive, in fact it is sold very cheaply by the fishermen, the one that sells them with a higher profit are the middlemen, they it from fishermen and then sell it to those at sellers at wetmarkets, and even those that are bought at wet markets are not that expensive here... well, here from where i am living now. there is a wet market here in another town, that is only open two days a week, and seafoods there are very very affordable, tuna sometime are bought $1 a piece, those that are almost 1 kilo, and sometimes king prawns are about $10 a kilo.
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
3 Jul 09
You are lucky to have affordable seafood. I have a few friends who are fishermen and they will usually save me some of their catch which means I don't need to buy it, here though I believe that tuna is about 30 euros a kilo.
@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
18 Jun 09
It really all depends on where you go to buy them. If you go to the fish markets or the grocery store, you will likely pay a high price for them. They charge as high a price for them as they can because people are usually willing to pay the price to get it. However, here in Pensacola, you can usually find some fishermen who will sell you some at a lower rate. It really depends on what you are looking for as well. Shrimp and some types of fish are usually easy to find here.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
3 Jul 09
Here the price being set by the sea police means that the fishermen are obligated to sell it for a certain price though they are allowed to keep their own fish and can give it to friends and family. To fish here from a boat you must have a professional licence.