Sustainable Fisheries

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In the Bolivian Amazon, thousands of families depend on fisheries, especially indigenous peoples and rural communities. Fishing for the paiche (Arapaima gigas), an introduced species, has become a socioeconomic alternative in recent years, and contributes to subsistence for many indigenous fishers.

In support of sustainable development, Peces para la Vida II conducts technical and social studies to optimize management practices for this species. The project aims to scale-up these management capacities into additional indigenous communities across Bolivia’s Northern Amazon region. Additionally, the project is contributing to building a supportive environment for improved fisheries governance, considering all actors in the region.

*Plan for the Control and Integral Use of Paiche (Arapaima) in the Manuripi Reserve*

In the framework of the project IAPA (¨Integration of Protected Areas in the Amazon¨), and through support by UICN and WWF, FAUNAGUA is colaborating with SERNAP in the implementation of a plan for the control and integral use of the paiche in the Manuripi Reserve. The vision of the Reserve is to become a protected área that, by means of ag…

Upscaling of the value chain of fish leather, adding economic value to the paiche, through supporty by PPV and ¨Fundación Valles¨!

One of the objectives of the PPV project was the upscaling of innovative solutions. This objective was pursued through diversification in the production of paiche (Arapaima gigas) byproducts, thus achieving greater benefits for the indigenous communities and artisanal fishers of the Bolivian Amazon.

Nuevo libro! Recomendaciones para el manejo del paiche

Se publicó el libro "Lineamientos y recomendaciones para el manejo del paiche". Consta de cinco partes. En la primera se presenta la problemática del paiche en Bolivia. En la segunda parte se presenta un resumen de los antecedentes y del conocimiento actual sobre la invasión del paiche en Bolivia, los beneficios socio-económicos que ha tra…

Fisheries: a livelihood in indigenous communities

A field survey of 4 Indigenous Territories (TCOs) in Bolivia’s northern Amazon show that commercial and subsistence Fisheries for Arapaima (paiche) and native fish species offer opportunities for communities and indigenous families but that these are differentially accessible and important.

Fisheries Law: Key tool for the Fisheries activity and sustainable use of resources

Over the last semester, the Autonomous Departmental Service for Agriculture (SEDAG) organized three large participatory workshops between fishers, traders, and public and private authorities, to analyze, update, supplement and amend the existing, over 20-year old, Fisheries and Marketing Regulation for fish species in the Department of…

Fisheries in indigenous and rural communities

In Cachuela Esperanza, Rosario del Yata and 10 communities distributed in four indigenous territories (TCO), the Amazon Fish for Food team (Peces para la Vida II) completed research to characterize the fishery and its importance for these communities.

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