Ghol Fish Can Make You Rich


Maharashtra fisherman’s luck shines after trapping 157 ghol fishes worth Rs 1.33 crore

Palghar fisherman Chandrakant Tare sold his catch to a consortium of the highest bidders from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Ghol fish

A fisherman from Palghar, Maharashtra, near Mumbai, never thought that he would earn wealth from his catch and earn crores overnight.

Chandrakant Tare, a fisherman from Murbe village in Palghar district, took his boat into the sea for the first time on August 28, when the monsoon ban on fishing was lifted.


While fishing, he noticed that the net had become heavy and he immediately pulled it out. The crew members onboard the boat were astonished to see that they had caught about 150 ghoul fish in the net at once.

What are Ghol fish?

The fish, whose scientific name is ‘Protonybia dianthus, is a type of croaker fish. There are very few such fish in the area due to pollution. The fishermen of the region have to venture deep into the sea to get a good catch.

It is considered one of the most expensive marine fish. A local trader said it is in great demand in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.

How much do Ghol fish cost?

Ghol is currently considered the most expensive fish in India. Native to the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, it has won record-breaking prices in fish auctions off the coasts of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Fishermen also call it ‘sea gold’ as it helps them tide over their financial woes.

Its feathers have medicinal value and are also used in the production of wine in Singapore, he said.

A report published in CNN Traveler states that the swim bladder is the most prized possession of this fish. It is dried and used for purification in the wine and beer industry. And the bigger the fish, the bigger the swim bladder which costs Rs 50,000 per kg.

What are the uses of Ghol fish?

The fish is also known as the ‘fish with the heart of gold’ for its medicinal value. Slurry skin is a great source of high-quality collagen, which is also used in functional food and the manufacture of many cosmetic products.

It is also considered a great substitute for porcine and bovine gelatin. Its feathers are used by pharmaceutical companies to make soluble sutures.

How does Ghol fish farming work?

Ghol fish is high in medicinal and medicinal uses and is in huge demand in countries like Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan.

Ghol fish farming

However, catching a ghoul fish in the net is just a matter of coincidence and can turn fishermen’s fortunes. To catch it is to be in the right place at the right time.

So, it seems that the stars of Chandrakant Tara have indeed aligned and have struck gold.

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