Why WWF is involvedObviously, fisheries are a critical resource of the Amazon varzea, and the way in which the sector develops will have a fundamental impact on floodplain settlement and land use. For these reasons, WWF is intervening to better understand local fisheries and to improve management practices.
Understanding fisheriesAlthough there has been considerable research on Amazon fisheries and floodplain ecology, little attention has been paid to the economic dimensions of commercial fisheries and their development.
WWF is studying fisheries and commercial development of the sector from a regional economic perspective. Thanks to modelling techniques developed for the regional management of commercial fisheries, it is possible to document the status and trends in the sector.