Pacu global price quotes



The current, latest prices of Pacu in the world in the global markets

farm raised pacu


Price range: 35 - 45 THB / 1 kg | Market: Talaad Thai Market | Date: 2022-05-23

Pacu

Pacu (Colossoma macropomum) are South American freshwater fish that looks like piranha but lack the sharp teeth of their carnivorous cousins. Pacu has squarer and more human-like teeth than piranha, which they use to crack open seeds and nuts on river banks. Pacu is typically not eaten in the wild due to its vegetarian diet that consists of nuts, fruits, leaves, and aquatic vegetation. However, it has become a popular fish for aquaculture in South America including Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. It was reported that around 200 tons of pacu are sold annually by weight in Europe alone. In some Asian cultures, there have been reports of pacu, which are normally vegetarian, occasionally turning piscivorous and feeding on small fish. In a news report by Telegraph in 2009, a fisherman was quoted as claiming that he had been bitten while unhooking a pacu from his line. Pacu is known by the local population of South America as "piracanjuba" or "piracatinga", names that attest to its preference for eating nuts and fruits on river banks. This vegetarian fish is usually caught with nets in rivers where it lives, unlike piranha which is usually trapped in lakes. Fish farming of pacu in reservoirs of water bodies like dams has become a common practice in Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. The fast-growing pacu is usually harvested at an average size of 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) after 18 months. They are then sold to wholesale markets where they are either preserved or tinned cooked before being exported to France, Italy, and Germany. In the Americas, pacu was among several fish species introduced to help manage aquatic vegetation in reservoirs of power plants built during the 1970s energy crisis. According to the International Game Fish Association, the world record for freshwater fish belongs to a pacu caught in 2011 by an angler fishing in Papua New Guinea. The 4-foot long pacu weighed 55 pounds and yielded 57 filets. Contrary to popular belief, these fish aren't any more dangerous than regular piranhas. Pacu usually eats nuts, seeds, and other plant materials that fall into the water. They've been known to nibble on human flesh when hungry, but their teeth aren't nearly as sharp as piranhas'.

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