Importance of Natural Resources

AQUASHELLA SPECIAL REPORT: Project Piaba is SAVING THE RAINFOREST !!


Project piaba is working in Amazonas,
Brazil to protect the fishery where the natives collect wild fish and ship them
into the aquarium industry! Thank you guys so much for your support
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watching this one. I was doing a live stream and we were talking about Project
Piaba I had a great time in Chicago at Aquashella 2019! We shared the FishTube booth with Project Piaba. I learned so
much about this project it’s just a, it’s a wonderful thing it’s the best thing
that’s happening in the freshwater fish keeping hobby,
in my opinion. Yeah, I’d like just to take an opportunity and invest some effort to
ask you to check out Project Piaba to see if you don’t agree with me that it’s the
best thing happening in our hobby right now They’ve got a culturally sensitive
program in place based on 30 years of academic research and a complete supply
chain of support from from Amazonas in Brazil all the way to Florida in the US
where fish are then distributed through through an international importer and
exporte.r I hope you enjoyed this video welcome to this video we’re talking
about project piaba this is an excerpt from a live stream that I did earlier
this week where we got to talking about project piaba
lots of great information I hope you agree leave a comment below if you’ve
got a question about project piaba I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible
Scott Dowd is the director of project piaba and he’s been doing the academic
work down there for 30 years and I know the knee-jerk reaction is why are we
taking fish out of the wild why are we doing that we know how to breed fish now
and that’s a good imma feel good about myself when I think that first but when
I talk to Scott and then I learned that the Cardinal tetra in particular is an
inexhaustible supply we’re not impacting negatively
the total population how can that be well the fifth generation local people
that are fishing them they’re still using hand nets and they’re capturing
these fish in the basically what’s a flooded plane very shallow water they go
out the canoe they dip a little hand net and they catch their fish so in the wild
the Cardinal tetra has a lifespan of about a year most of them get up into
the shallow waters where they’re protected and they can feed and then
when when we get into the dry season now I’ve not been there yet this is second
hand information feel free to check me out on this the water recedes so far
that there’s just puddles all over the place and now any fish that are in the
puddles don’t have access to getting out of the puddle and then eventually the
puddle dries even with the collection of the Cardinal tetras that’s going on an
exponential amount of Cardinal tetras more than our wild harvested die in the
floodplain dry off the fish that don’t come into the shallows that make it to
the deep they’re not being they’re not part of the fishery anyway so in doing
this what we’re doing is we’re we’re helping to establish I guess we call it
a chain a supply chain so we’re helping the natives down there in Amazonas
through project pre abba in a culturally sensitive way we’re not installing
typically we say Western but we’re not installing a northern capitalist
attitude saying how can we extract from you we’re saying how are you doing this
and how can we help you the economic impact in these villages down Amazonas
are it’s amazing they have a festival their annual community festival is is
it’s a project piaba it’s not project PR but related but it speaks to the mission
completely it’s the local people coming together they’ve built an arena they do
carnival type costume they have competition with team discus
vs. team tetra and they have judges flown in from all over the world to
judge their costumes and their dance-off it’s a big party for the whole region
and that’s just part of their culture because they’ve been collecting the
fish for so long and now they’ve become here’s the important part they’ve become
guardians of the rainforest these people just like us people we’re having to
provide for our families and in the rainforests especially that area of
Brazil there’s a lot of opportunities to provide for your family that are not
healthy for the environment they are highly impactful and if these families
were not able to to feed their family by a sustainable harvesting of tropical
fish for our aquarium hobby they’d go right into the slash-and-burn industry
they’d be cutting down the forest putting cattle on it to make a living so
now there’s no forest with the cleansing qualities of plants and leaves and trees
now though those are gone and we’ve installed cattle which now are polluting
the river triple bad we’ve got to keep these people employed in a sustainable
manner so now that they understand this they’re protecting the rainforest don’t
bring that deforestation over here near us because we need the rainforest to
keep our fishery healthy project P Albert recognized this twenty-seven
years ago it started started helping to establish that chain and now at aqua
Shella we had project piaba in the fish to booths by the way the new fish –
there we go you can’t see it very well fish – booths Church what do you think
give me a give me a thumbs up over here if you like the new fish tube shirts we
had a special guest in the fish tube booth this year project piaba volunteers
so jackie and tory came down they were happy to show people examples of the
nets that the natives used we were able to talk about where on the map these
fish are coming from and right across the aisle from us was Segrest Segrest
farms largest fish importer exporter in the world totally on board now with
project piaba they have a huge warehouse of fish and they have a special section
for project piaba where they manage the water parameters that will be
similar to where these fish are coming from basically in the Rio Negro down in
Amazonas and the fish are in better shape when they get here because not
only has seagrass set up special holding areas with parameters that match where
they’re coming from but they’re also training the villagers with best
handling practices so now now we are sending people down there and Oregon Sea
Grant also a big supporter of project Bob and they’re sending veterinarians
down there to help find out about what’s going on with the water and the fish and
answer questions to the fishermen but the best handling practices are set up
in different areas and they just teach the people hey your fish are gonna live
longer in captivity during that transitional period if we do this and
they’re certifying the fish catcher so I hope you’re tallying up the winds here
it’s pretty big it’s something that I believe in and I want to be a project
piaba influencer I was amazed when I was riding my high horse while wild and they
knocked me right off of it with excellent information that’s better for
the fish better for the hobby and now I believe that it’s the best thing that’s
happening in the freshwater fish hobby while I was there I was able to pick up
a few souvenirs in Chicago project piaba brought these hand-carved by the Amazon
people little fish and they used those as part of their fundraiser project
piaba is a 501 3 C complete volunteer organization and I told them what I
would do is I wanted to take a few of these and ask my viewers if they’d like
to have one if they would send a $20 donation to project piaba to my new post
office box which will be in the description look in the description for
the PIO box for the river life youtube channel and for a $20 donation to
project piaba you can have one of these now I’ll tell you there are only five on
my desk I have five so when these five are gone I won’t have any more I’m not
sure if we can get any more these are the local people are making these this
is an industry these are handmade by the locals down
there in the Rio Negro I want to be able to get rid of these pretty quickly let
you guys have some of this and feel like you’re helping out project piaba and
send them from the river life youtube channel due to the generosity of you
guys and the river life viewers a check for 100 dollars to help their volunteer
organization continue to protect the fishery that in my opinion is the very
best thing that’s happening in our hobby right now let’s learn more about project
piaba let’s raise awareness about project piaba and how many people it
helps in so many different ways project piaba
i think it’s the best thing happening in the hobby leave me a comment if you
agree or disagree thanks for watching this video until the next one get out
there and see it love it and live it


Reader Comments

  1. PROJECT PIABA is saving the rainforest one fish at a time! Buy a fish, save a tree! Learn how in this video as I explain the mutual benefits of PROJECT PIABA ๐Ÿ‘ Learn more about PROJECT PIABA here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVijhdqHnUQ&list=PL15wAdMgRul87oZcek9vMyY9BGcmyK9Gj

  2. I dream of being able to get out to Brazil and being able to ship fish in!! Those fisherman are so awesome and I love how they are protecting their river!!!

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