Fish management in the Amazon floodplainsAbundant fish resources feed the inhabitants of the Iténez, Bolivia
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.
Other activities carried out by WWF include biological studies of fish (e.g. the pirarucu Arapaima gigas) and research on the impact of harvesting. WWF is also strengthening local organizations to take care of fish resources and helping to establish policies and institutions that strengthen management, including community management.