Category: Food fish | Management | Marketing | Trade

Fish Carrying Containers in the Fish Markets of Rajshahi City Corporation

Transportation of fish should be very effective for proper distribution of fishes to the consumers. It is an important aspect of fisheries as both live and preserved fishes can be transported from one place to another as per requirements. In Bangladesh everyday huge number of fisheries items are being caught both from inland and marine water resources. But lack of proper preservation and transportation facilities, a noticeable amount of fishes are either damaged or spoiled losing their quality. For proper transportation, suitable containers and transporters (fish carrying vehicles) are essential to ensure quality product. The quality of fish highly depends on these two factors.

Different types of containers and vehicles are used for marketing of fishes in different fish markets of Rajshahi City Corporation area. The important fish markets under Rajshahi City Corporation are given bellow.

  • Shaheb Bazar fish market
  • Laxmipur fish market
  • New market fish bazar
  • Shalbagan fish market
  • Binodur fish market
  • Kajla fish market
  • Talaimari fish market
  • Sadhur mor fish market
  • University station bazar fish market
  • Siroil fish market
  • Uposhohor fish market
  • Khorkhori fish market
  • Court bazar fish market

Various types of containers were observed in the visited fish markets. These containers are used for holding fish during transportation or for selling the fish. The details of containers are described here.
On the bases of materials of containers, they are divided into mainly two types. Such as-

  • Metal containers
  • Non-metal containers

Metal containers:
The metal containers used in observed markets and marketing system of fishes are mostly made of aluminum, tin and steel. Details about the metal containers are mentioned below-

Bowl: 

Shape: Round
Type of metal: Steel
Diameter: Minimum 17 inches and maximum 31 inches
Use: Usually for holding live fish especially for live carps.

Bowl used for holding fish

Bowl used for holding fish

Box: 

Shape: Rectangular
Type of metal: Tin
Size (length × width × height): Minimum 33×21×16 inches and maximum: 44×21×16 inches
Use: For holding live fish especially for live carps and catfishes.

Box used for holding fish

Box used for holding fish

Tray: 

Shape: Rectangular
Type of Metal: Tin
Size (length × width × height): Minimum: 36×28×3 inches and Maximum: 42×36×6 inches
Use: For holding live fish and sometimes dead fish especially for live carps and catfishes.

Tray used for holding live fish

Tray used for holding live fish

Pot (Patil): 

Shape: Round
Metal: Aluminum
Diameter: Minimum 7-22 inches and maximum 10-13 inches
Use: For holding both live and dead fish including carps especially small indigenous species of fishes (SIS fishes) etc.

Pot (in Bangla- Patil)

Pot (in Bangla- Patil)

Khancha:
(one kind of large plate) 

Shape: Round
Metal: Aluminum or tin
Diameter: Minimum 15 inches and maximum 30 inches
Use: For keeping dead fish including carps, small indigenous species etc and live air breathing fish like shing, magur etc.

Khancha (one kind of large plate)

Khancha (one kind of large plate)

Bucket: 

Shape: Round
Metal: Aluminum or tin
Diameter: Minimum 7-14 inches and maximum 10-15 inches
Use: For keeping small live fish, mainly used for holding water for washing.

Bucket

Bucket

Non metal containers:

Plastic bowl: 

Shape: Round
Made of: Plastic
Diameter and height: Diameter 14-25 inches and height 8-10 inches
Use: For keeping both live and dead fish including carps, small indigenous species etc. Also used for holding water for washing.

Plastic bowl used for holding live fish

Plastic bowl used for holding live fish

Plastic cage: 

Shape: Rectangular
Made of: Plastic
Size (length × width × height): Minimum 20×16×9 inches and maximum 25×18×1 inches
Use: For holding live fish, especially for live carps.

Plastic cage used in fish icing

Plastic cage used in fish icing

Plastic Drum: 

Shape: Round
Made of: Plastic
Diameter and height: Diameter 23 inches and height 17-40 inches
Use: For keeping live fish including carps and catfishes.

Plastic drum used for holding fish

Plastic drum used for holding fish

Wooden box: 

Shape: Rectangular
Made of: Wood
Size (length × width × height): Minimum 32×18×16 inches and maximum 42×22×18 inches
Use: For holding fish especially during transportation.

Wooden box used in fish storage

Wooden box used in fish storage

Plastic jar: 

Shape: Round
Made of: Plastic
Diameter and height: Diameter 7 inches and height 8 inches
Use: Mainly for holding water to wash fish.

Plastic jar

Plastic jar

Bamboo basket: 

Shape: Round
Made of: Bamboo splits
Diameter and height: Diameter 20-30 inches and height 6-30 inches
Use: For holding fish during transportation and in markets. Polythene sheets or banana leaves are used with this basket.

Bamboo basket used in icing of fish

Bamboo basket used in icing of fish

Thermocol box: 

Shape: Rectangular
Made of: Thermocol sheet
Size (length × width × height): 20×14×7 inches
Use: For holding fish during transportation

Thermocol box used for holding fish

Thermocol box used for holding fish

Plastic Bucket: 

Shape: Round
Made of: Plastic
Diameter and height: Diameter 10-15 inches and height 16-25 inches
Use: For keeping small live fish, mainly used for holding water for washing.

Plastic bucket used for washing purpose

Plastic bucket used for washing purpose

Polythene and plastic sheets: 

Polythene and plastic sheets both are used in transporting of live and dead fish. These materials also used in fish markets for keeping fish on it. In case of live fish transportation in bamboo basket, these materials are used for holding water.

Polythene sheet used in keeping fish

Polythene sheet used in keeping fish

Banana leaves: 

Banana leaves are very common materials used in the observed fish markets. Usually the leaves are used with bamboo basket for holding fish preserved by icing.

Problems of Containers:
Different problems of containers used in transportation and fish markets, identified during the study period are listed below-

  • Poor physical conditions of the containers.
  • Use of dirty or un-cleaned containers.
  • Use of broken containers.
  • Overloading of fish in containers.

References:

  • DoF. 2006. Brief on Department of Fisheries Bangladesh. Department of Fisheries (DoF), Ministry o Fisheries and Livestock, Dhaka.
  • Shammi, Q. J. and S. Bhatnagar. 2002. Applied Fisheries, Updesh Purohit for Agrobios (India), Jadhpur, India, 137pp.

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Research Student, Department of Fisheries, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi-6205, Bangladesh. More...

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