Out of the 161 grouper species, the leopard coral trout, an orange fish, is the most pricey as it sells for P7,200 a kilo in Hong Kong and P13,500 per kilo in China.
However, few succeeded with the leopard coral trout.
Although there are 161 grouper species, the apple of traders' eyes is the leopard coral trout, an orange fish that fetches up to P7,200 per kilogram in Hong Kong and P13,500 per kilogram in China.
At this stage in the supply chain, a single leopard coral trout retails for about P2,500.
Few have met success with finicky leopard coral trout, but the Palawan Aquaculture Corporation claims to have successfully bred them - a vital first step for the road to full-cycle mariculture.
During its regular session, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a measure authored by Board Member Winston Arzaga, and co-authored by all members, to stop the multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary body Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) from imposing the "seasonal control" (open-close season) on the catching and trading of the leopard coral trout
(Plectropumus leopardus), or red grouper and suno; estuary or green grouper (Epinephelus coioides), or loba; and tiger brown-marbled grouper (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus), or lapung baboy.