Not only in Indonesia, in India there is a swimming pool at a luxury resort which is forced to convert its swimming pool into a fish pond to save its business.
Usually the 150-meter pool at Aveda Resort in the state of Kerala is filled with European tourists.
Now thousands of pearl-spotted fish fill the pool. This fish is often found in India.
Aveda Resort was forced to close in March when India started a lockdown. Only a few hotels have been allowed to operate since then.
“We have no income, so in June, we put about 16,000 fish aged two months in the pond,” said Aveda general manager Jyotish Surendran, as quoted by CNNIndonesia.com
The fish takes about eight months to reach its maximum size.
The fish is a popular food ingredient in dishes in India and the Middle East.
“We plan to harvest in November and will export to the Middle East,” said Surendran, estimating that around four tonnes of fish raised in his resort pool could be worth USD 40,000 in the market.
Emergency farms will not cover the losses from the pandemic, which has driven many hotels bankrupt, the hotel boss said.
But Surendran hopes that the money can help cover the basic bills, so that the business can continue until the tourists come back.