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Fishers use cell phones to demonstrate the impact of dams on migratory fish in the Bolivian Amazon

Fishers from the town of Puerto Villarroel, located on the shore of an Amazonian headwater of the Mamore river in Bolivia, record with their cell phone each observation of goliath catfish (locally called ¨dorado¨). This species is in danger of extinction in Bolivia. "Before we caught this species frequently in the Ichilo River, every year between October and April, nowadays there is no longer any, the species has disappeared after the construction downstream of two hydroelectric dams in B…

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Sponsoring dolphin conservation !!!

During the last 10 years FAUNAGUA, in cooperation with WWF and Fundación OMACHA, has been active in aquatic mammal conservation in the Bolivian Amazon. We focus our work on the Bolivian river dolphin, the giant otter and migrating fish species. You want to provide support? Please contact us!

  • 04/01/2019
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Manejo de areas protegidas: una nueva mirada

En los últimos años FAUNAGUA ha estado apoyando activamente en la elaboración de nuevos enfoques para el manejo de las áreas protegidas de Bolivia. Para el PN Tunari elaboro, para el SERNAP, el primer Plan de Manejo. El objetivo general fue elaborar este plan como un instrumento de planificación y ordenamiento del uso del espacio, determinando los objetos de conservación con la participación de los actores presentes en el área a través de sus organizaciones legítimas y legales, sobre la base de sus ca…

  • 04/01/2019
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Goliath catfish in critical danger of extinction in the Bolivian Amazon !!!

In an article which will be published soon in the ¨Revista Boliviana de Ecología y Conservación Ambiental¨ seven bolivian ichthyologists, supported by WWF, evaluated the current conservation status of the goliath catfish (Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii) in Bolivia. They propose uploading the dorado at national level to the UICN-category ¨IN CRITICAL DANGER (CR)¨. This means, according to UICN (2018) that ¨the species is facing an extremely high extinction risk in its natural state¨. Coordinated action …

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Dams have a negative impact on goliath catfish 1500 km upstream !!!

It was already known that the Jirau and Santo Antonio dams have a negative impact on the native fishes of the Madeira River in Brasil. Now there is also new evidence that these dams affect also goliath catfish, a migratory species, 1500 km upstream of the dams, in the Bolivian Amazon, affecting the reproductive success of this species. FAUNAGUA published an article with the preliminary results of a study done in Puerto Villarroel, situated in the spawning area of this species, and showed that…

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