A recent survey of fishing communities in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, found that the arapaima is already extinct in some parts of the Amazon basin. In other parts of the Amazon, its numbers are rapidly dwindling.
The approval of the Fisheries Management Program of the Arapaima gigas species, also known regionally as the “paiche” brings benefits to the people who manage this resource in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
To quantify the effect of deforestation on fish, Kirk Winemiller is working with a team of Texas A&M and Brazilian researchers. Once completed, the project will inform the work of government agencies and conservation groups in Brazil.
A report of the Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP) reveals that the water of the Moronaocha lagoon (Loreto) has coliform bacteria above the permissible limit, because the drain of all the neighboring waterways lead into this lake.