Freshwater fish cultivation is a recent income generating activity
The traditional water reservoirs – Ooranies – collect monsoon water between October and December. These provide water for domestic and general village use for up to six to eight months for the rest of the year. While the reservoirs are full it is possible to stock them with freshwater fish as a supply of nutritiously rich food.
The fish are larger and less expensive than saltwater fish. Some of the profits raised from the sale of the fish are ploughed back into ooranie maintenance and for restocking fish year after year.