Since 2014, WWF-Brazil has developed the Pesca Sustentável (Sustainable Fishing) project in the state of Acre. This initiative aims to assist the conservation of the biggest freshwater fish of the Amazon, the pirarucu (Arapaima Gigas), while ensuring income generation for riparian communities and assisting in the establishment and maintenance of sustainable landscapes in Acre.

To this end, the project periodically counts the pirarucu populations and provides training in best fishing practices to local communities and families. It also structures fishing agreements to settle territorial conflicts at the lakes covered by the project. This project also interfaces with indigenous issues. In the municipalities of Tarauacá (Praia do Carapanã Indigenous Land) and Feijó (Nova Olinda Indigenous Land) around 40 indigenous individuals directly participate in the Pesca Sustentável project.


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