San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Area men’s plan to market invasive fish from Mexico hits snag in U.S.
July 3, 2018
"Locals call it the pez diablo, or devil fish, and long assumed it was poisonous. When fishermen bring up their nets, they are almost full of the squiggly, ugly creature, an invasive suckerfish from Brazil often bred for aquariums. It turns out pez diablo is not only edible but actually tastes pretty good... Read full article
Can't Beat the Devil? Eat the Devil.
May 16, 2018
“We realized we had to come up with some way to make them more appetizing,” says Mitchell. “Unlike most fish, they have a lot of hemoglobin in their flesh—that contributes to their toughness when you cook up the fillets. They don’t turn flaky and tender like sole or tilapia, for example. So we had to figure out approaches that turned that quality to our advantage.”...Read full article
Can these Berkeley students make Mexico’s devil fish the next big thing?
May 9, 2018
“We want create a whole new export economy in southern Mexico around this fish,” Mitchell said during an interview in Wellman Hall, where he’s spent two years kicking around the problem of the diablo fish while studying the ins and outs of international economic development...Read full article
Big Ideas Competition
April 25, 2018
We were thrilled to participate in and receive 2nd place in the Big Ideas Competition, hosted by UC Berkeley. Along with the prize money, we were fortunate to be connected with an abundance of great contacts and advisers! Read more here
Global Social Venture Competition Finals - Milan, Italy
April 15, 2018
We had the honor of participating in the global finals for the Global Social Venture Competition in Milan, Italy. Acarí was one of the 19 finalist teams from over 550 applicants worldwide. We won the Priya Haji Memorial Award! Read more here
Gourmet de México:
Pez Diablo, una plaga en aprovechamiento
Una vez que se tiene en claro que la belleza del plecostomus está en su interior, su consumo se presenta como una opción viable para remediar la deliciosa plaga. Comer es un acto cultural impregnado de usos y costumbres con carga histórica simbólica e incluso emocional...Read full article
NPR The Salt:
Invasive 'Devil Fish' Plague Mexico's Waters. Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em
October 18, 2017
Pez diablo: "devil fish." That's what locals in the Mexican state of Tabasco call the armored catfish that has invaded their waters.
Also known as suckermouths, the species is popular with aquarium owners because the fish eats the algae that pollute tanks. But in the wild, that same behavior erodes shorelines and devastates underwater plant life.
A Mexican social enterprise called Acari is trying to do something about it — by creating a taste for these aquatic terrors...Read full article
El Universal (Online):
Pez Diablo, así combaten el problema en Tabasco
October 10, 2016