"The price of fish rises because many fishermen, especially Chinese ethnic do not go to sea because it will hold a large prayer before the lunar new year," said Aleng, fisherman in Tanjung Balai Karimun, Sunday.
Aleng said the price of large shrimp usually Rp130.000 per kilogram is now increased to Rp200.000/kg. Pomfret fish are usually Rp75.000/kg rose to Rp100.000/kg.
"The price of pomfret fish that rose to Rp100.000/kg is old stock that has been frozen with ice. While more expensive fresh pomfret, if usually Rp200.000/kg Rp420.000/kg now become the equivalent of 60 Singapore dollars. Pomfret fish Fresh is usually exported to foreign countries," he said.
While kurau fish, he added, remained stable in the range Rp50.000/kg.
Pi Kim, another fisherman said dingkis fish prices also increased from Rp80.000 be Rp100.000/kg.
Dingkis fish, a fish species which are believed to have religious significance for the Chinese community because it is used for prayer procession which will begin on Monday (16/1) at midnight.
"Fish eggs dingkis who have more expensive because according to Chinese belief gives blessings and sustenance. Typically, this rare fish found in the markets ahead of Chinese New Year because it sells well," he said.
According Pikim, high prices of some types of fish are also not due to welcome the lunar new year, but because many fishermen do not go down to the sea due to bad weather.
"Weather conditions accident-prone sea, the waves high enough especially in Natuna waters, waters where we used to catch fish," he said.
Meanwhile, some residents also complained about high prices of fish in the traditional markets of Tanjung Balai Karimun.
"Fish mackerel, tuna and squid rose an average of Rp 5,000," said Yusniati, residents.
He admitted that he would prefer to buy chicken pieces from the fish because the price is relatively cheaper.
"Chicken pieces cost only around Rp26.000 per kilogram. While the expensive fish for mercy," she said.