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MITIGATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF FISHING OF THE INVASIVE SPECIES PAICHE (ARAPAIMA GIGAS) IN THE BOLIVIAN AMAZON!!!

The FISH FOR LIFE project has been promoting the use of the skins of the PAICHE, an invasive species in the Bolivian Amazon, for its transformation into FISH LEATHER that is used in the manufacture of leather goods, crafts and clothing. This process has a POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, since from now on commercial fishermen no longer leave the skins rotting on the banks of the rivers. This good practice is also adopted within the framework of the Control and Use Plan for paiche (Arapaima gigas) of the RNVSA Manuripi, in the process of being developed, where, in addition, the other remains of paiche (such as head, viscera, etc.) will be used through a composting process. The local economic benefits that result from the sale of paiche skins encourage fishermen to actively help protect their aquatic environment!!!

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