The Pearl spot, Etroplus suratensis commonly known as “Karimeen”
in Kerala is an indigenous fish extensively found along the east and south-west
coasts of Peninsular India. It is an important candidate species for aquaculture
in ponds in both brackishwater and freshwater environments. It is cultured in traditional
ponds in Kerala where it is considered a delicacy fetching a high price up to Rs.
150/ kg. Though growth is slow, at a high stocking density table-size fish can be
harvested in 9-12 months culture period.
Pearlspot (Etroplus suratensis)