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Pearl spot fish

Source: TH

 Context: The Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (Kufos) is set to launch a genome editing mission to enhance the breeding and seed production of pearl spot fish.

  • This initiative aims to improve the growth rate of pearl spots, addressing the long-standing challenges faced by farmers in Kerala who have struggled with slow growth rates in uncontrolled environments.
  • Pearl spots, which fetch a high market price, take a year to reach 300-400 grams, whereas genetically improved tilapia achieve 600-700 grams in six months.
Pearl spot fish
Pearl spot fish