Advances in cross-border fisheries governance in the Madeira basin (Bolivia-Brazil) !!!!!!

Advances in cross-border fisheries governance in the Madeira basin (Bolivia-Brazil) !!!!!!

Within the framework of the II Bolivian Congress of Ichthyology (Trinidad, September 2019), biologists, fishers and public actors from Brazil and Bolivia met to exchange experiences on transboundary fisheries management in the Madeira river basin. The workshop was carried out with the participation of 22 people from the two countries. The objective was to prioritize cooperation actions in cross-border fisheries management in different areas (public, scientific, civil society) for the period 2019-2020. Several agreements were reached, among others,

(a) the collection and systematization of all available information (published and gray) on the impacts caused by the Jirau / Santo Antonio dams on migratory fish, and eventually also on other biotic (e.g. bufeos) and abiotic (water) factors;
(b) the elaboration of a protocol for participative fisheries monitoring in the basin, which allows standardizing and harmonizing the methods used, thus ensuring that in the future in all sites fishing information is collected applying standards;
(c) move towards the re-categorization at the regional and global level of gilded catfish (Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii) using the criteria established by IUCN, in coordination with researchers in the different Amazonian countries;
(d) create a web page on transboundary fisheries management in the Madera basin, which could serve as a repository on the subject, and as a meeting point between the different actors involved in the subject;
(e) promote the creation of working groups on cross-border fisheries management, as a possible preamble for the formation of a bi-or trinational fisheries management committee in the Madera basin

The workshop was jointly organized by WWF, CIRA (UCB) and FAUNAGUA,

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