The legal status of fishing in the Bolivian Northern Amazon is uncertain. One of the goals of the Federation of Fishers, Vendors and Fish Farmers of the Northern Amazon of Bolivia (FEUPECOPINAB) - was to legalize the status of its member associations to improve their economic potential and visibility. PPV has offered legal technical advice and support since its creation in 2012.
From September 2016 to the present, six associations of fishers, fish farmers and vendors have obtained legal status while four associations have updated their documentation under the new national regulations. In total, ten Associations are now legally constituted and legitimate. This will allow FEUPECOPINAB to better represent its associations, adding visibility and giving better decision-making power to the fisheries sector, from the ground up.