Bhograi: Fishermen struck gold after catching 28 rare Telia Bhola fish from the mouth of Bay of Bengal along Balasore’s Digha coast on Odisha-West Bengal border today. Not just that, they made good business to the tune of lakhs out of the unexpected haul after selling the catch in the local market. As per reports, a Kolkata-based pharmaceutical company bought the entire lot at `35 lakh. Each fish weighed around 8-10 kg and was sold at Rs 14,000 per kg.
Sources said various parts of the Telia Bhola fish are used for medicinal purposes for various incurable diseases. The species is in huge demand overseas as compared to India as the fish maw is used for manufacturing life-saving drugs.
Fish maw is dried swim bladders of large fish present in the stomach. It is also one of the most expensive body part of the fish. People consume it as an anti-aging healthy food due to its high collagen content.