Suriname not only has a diversity of cultures but also flora and fauna. This diversity is also reflected in
the number of fish species that can be found there. There are special multi-day excursions to book to, for example, the reservoir for fishing. A popular activity for the Surinamese fishermen is fishing anjoemaras, as the large predatory fish are mentioned that reside between the rocks in the rivers.
During your stay at Knini Paati River Resort you can, on request, book a special day trip to the area where these large predator fish occur. However, if you want to stay on the island but enjoy the tranquility of fishing, you can do so at the mooring dock where the locals also fish to meet their daily needs.
A real delicacy is the “dyogu”, a small fish that resembles the sardine and is also eaten deepfried. Very tasty if it is baked in one of the locally produced oils such as amana or maripa oil. Another delicacy is the piranha or piering, as they are called in Suriname and ‘peinya’ in Saramaccan, the language spoken by the local inhabitants. Catching this fish is considered something to be proud of as many people fear it.
Other fishes that occur around Kninipaati are the catfish, ‘katfisi’ in the Sranan, and the stingrays, or spari’s in the Sranan and ‘sipai’ in the Saramaccan. The kumalu, a bigger brother of the piranha, is a delicious fish to eat. One is therefore very happy when these fish are caught. They look a bit like Portuguese dorade and are just as ‘meaty’. The ‘tukunari’ or ‘tukunai’ is a large fish that occurs locally. The tastiest is the ‘pakusi’, also a big brother of the piranha.
Fishing is a daily activity of the local inhabitants of the Upper Suriname area. It is not always true that pet bottles floating on the river are pollution. Often they are bottles that are recycled as a float for nets!
Feel free to ask the guides if you can go fishing with them. They will gladly take you along so that you can experience the river as they do!