Dr Sunil Mohamed, head of the Molluscan Fisheries Division of the Central Marine Fisheries Institute in Kerala, India, is reaching out to seek help with growing whole, round pearls. In a letter sent to a states-side friend and posted on to me, Dr Mohamed is requesting the help of a professional Pinctada margaritifera seeder from French Polynesia. I have posted it below, with permission.
Any grafters out there interested in a nice vacation to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?
We have been running a project in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for black pearl production for the past 4 years without making much headway, mainly because of logistic problems. We have been able to establish a small hatchery, 2 pearl farms, devise natural spat collection methods, devise a technique for mabe pearls in Pm and Pteria. But so far we have been unsuccessful in getting round cultured black pearl.
That’s why I thought u would be able to help us. If u could get us in touch with pearl seeders for Pm, we are keen to use their expertise (and also to learn) in producing black pearls. Of course we will pay for their airfare and also seeding charges (if it is within our budget). So please let me know where these chaps are available and also the approx cost of hiring them.
Dr. K. Sunil Mohamed
Head, Molluscan Fisheries Division
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute [CMFRI]