Many of you are familiar with Project Piaba and our goal of fostering and environmentally and socio-economically beneficial aquarium fishery in the Rio Negro region of the Amazon. This fishery links the economic welfare and livelihoods of rural families to environmental conservation that must be maintained for the fishery to thrive. This sustainable aquarium fishery is an effective driver of stewardship that protects habitat for critically endangered species, sequesters substantial amounts of carbon in tropical forests as well as the continuation of atmospheric scrubbing of greenhouse gasses, and alleviates poverty for rural fishing communities.
We have a lot of work to do this year and we need your help!
Come on an expedition! Every year since 1991 our scientists and specialists have participated in an expedition to explore and study the fishery, and to identify, recommend and implement changes that can improve the health and quality of the fish being exported. We have not been back since COVID turned everything upside down in 2020 and we have a lot of work to catch up on: best handling practices training, traceability implementation, document newly legalized species for the aquarium trade, and export facility training work.
Our next expedition will take place from September 24 – October 8. Please consider joining us on this expedition!
If you are interested or if you have questions, please email me directly (SDowd@projectpiaba.org). More information in the attached folder and on our website: http://projectpiaba.
Thank you for supporting Project Piaba!
Scott & the Project Piaba team