Why has the Permit for trade in Jellyfish not issued this year?
Sittwe, 24th March 03: The rivalry among the high junta officials in Rangoon including those in the Western Command of Burma, covering Rakhine State, for the official permit to carry on trade in jellyfish has forced postponement of leasing out the lucrative deal this year, our correspondent quoted a jellyfish trader, Kyaw Thein, in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State in the western part of Burma.
Last year the permit to do business in jellyfish was issued to a well-known businessman of the capital. He had to pay a total of kyat fifty million to the Western Commander Brigadier General Maung Oo, for obtaining the permit. The Commander leased out the
Since the deals have proved very lucrative, high-ranking officials from
The monopoly in jellyfish is carried out through a pyramidal chain all the fishermen in the lowest level of the pyramid bring their catch to the relevant ‘buying houses’ in all the villages and towns engaged in the trade, where the fishermen are paid kyat 40/60 according to the sizes of the jellyfish. The jellyfish are then processed in a solution of salt and alum for a week till the fish becomes hard. Then the jellyfish is sold to Chinese buyers by the tons.
During the summer when the salinity of the coastal waters go up, huge numbers of jellyfish are found in the coasts of