Although living 186 miles away from the area along the Tapajós River where illegal mining is concentrated, Santarém’s inhabitants are at high risk of mercury poisoning.
More than 400 dams are planned on being built, are being built or have been built in the Amazon Basin. These dams disrupt the impressive migration of Amazonian catfish, a commercially valuable fish and apex predator in the environment.
Unless a system-wide approach to conservation is applied to Amazon basin lakes, floodplains and rivers, we could soon see a collapse of the region’s fish populations.
Illegal gold mining in the Amazon has a devastating effect on indigenous peoples. Miners bring disease, deforestation and murder. Then long after they have gone, communities are left to suffer deadly mercury poisoning.
Norte Energia concessionaire, owner of the Belo Monte Dam, under construction on the Xingu River, Brazil, was fined due to the large amount of dead fish as a result of the plant’s reservoir filling.
Experts claim that 450 dams can destroy one third of the world’s freshwater fishes in the Amazon, Congo and Mekong basins, where live 4000 species of freshwater fishes live.
Collection of books available in digital format is a source of information for researchers on local biodiversity
A new study suggests that the catfish’s sensitive life cycle—complete with long journeys timed to coincide with seasonal river flows—may be interrupted by dams in their last remaining refuge.
Tapajos river fishers may join the group of Brazilians who need public assistance to feed themselves. The federal government has started a series of infrastructure projects that will take the fish away from the fishermen.
Just entered into force a ban on fishing and marketing of piracatinga ( Calophysus macropterus </ em>) to contain the indiscriminate killing of dolphins and caimans, and fishermen in the state of Amazonas began to articulate to reduce the moratorium