What was Good Friday Like at the Fish Market?

Daniela Rogulj

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Today is Good Friday, a day that is celebrated the Friday before Easter Sunday to commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and death. 

Good Friday is also a day that the faithful abstain from eating meat in honor of Jesus’ sacrifice. This is why many places, and definitely Dalmatia, have a traditional “Fish Friday”.

As you can imagine, Split’s “Ribarnica” was busy over the last few days with many buyers, locals, and tourists crowding the famous fish market to ensure they bring home the best catch. 

“At my stand, the best selling items were shrimp, red mullet, conger eels, whiting, and mackerel. We sold out of the whiting today in record time and at about 9 am it was gone,” said Ivanka, a saleswoman at the market, for Dalmatinski Portal on April 14, 2017.

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“Today there was not a rush like there was yesterday. People think that today the fish would be more expensive than yesterday, but that’s not true. I sell small fish, smelts, and mostly fish to fry or boil. The fish is not expensive and there is something for every taste,” concluded another seller. 

Here is a brief overview of the offers and prices today, per kilogram:

Hake 50 to 60 HRK, whiting 60 HRK, phycis 30 HRK, conger eel 40 HRK, European flying squid (lignjun) 40 HRK, anchovies 30 HRK, sardines from 20 to 30 HRK, bogue 20 HRK, tuna 120 HRK, squid from 90 to 120 HRK, skate fish 60 HRK, sea bream 50 HRK, cuttlefish 80 HRK, red mullet 30 HRK, blade 50 HRK, sea bass to 200 HRK, mackerel 50 HRK, salmon 140 HRK, dentex 200  HRK, tuna and swordfish 130 HRK, scorpionfish 250 HRK.


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