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`Pulasa' fish facing survival threat

B.V.S. Bhaskar

Polasatippa (East Godavari): Both Godavari districts are very much known for a few delicious food stuff like `pootarekulu', `kaja', `chakkerakeli' variety of bananas and also for `pulasa' fish. Pulasa fish curry mixed with lady's finger and butter or groundnut oil is tasty.

"About a decade ago, whenever we want to please a political leader or a senior officer in the Secretariat, we carry `pulasa' curry in a pot from here," says Nakka Nagesh, a senior Congress leader.

"Pulasa is considered to be the queen fish among all varieties. It grows up only in the backwaters of the Godavari in a few selected coastal belts," says Rangireju Gangaraju, head of fishermen community, Polasatippa village near Kakinada.

It costs between Rs.1,000 to Rs. 2,000.

However, environmentalists express concern over the very existence of this fish variety. Gummadi Samuel Moses, senior lecturer in Government Autonomous College, who did research on this variety of fish, says: "in the next one decade we may not find this fish as backwaters of the Godavari are already polluted.

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