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Brazil Migratory Fish Conservation (1999-2001)

A three-year project to promote the conservation and awareness of migratory fish species in four major river basins in Brazil, with the aim of ensuring the preservation - and thus permitting the utilization - of native Brazilian fish genetic diversity.

 

Brazilian rivers are home to a spectacular variety of large migratory fish species of high economic and social value. These species make long annual journeys upriver to spawn, but their biology and distribution are not well known.

Like so much of the world's freshwater species, many of these migratory fish have been declining in numbers and diversity for decades. As with salmon in North America, the reasons for the decline in South American migratory fish stocks are complex. They include overfishing, pollution, loss of habitat, deforestation and the construction of dams that block migration routes.

Together with a network of Brazilian and Canadian partners, WFT carried out a three-year project to promote the conservation and awareness of migratory fish species in four major river basins in Brazil. The project's goal, "to ensure the preservation, and thus permit the utilization, of native Brazilian fish genetic diversity", was accomplished though training, technology development, networking and public awareness in both Canada and Brazil.

PROJECT SUMMARY

 

ORIGINAL BRAZILIAN PARTNERS

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul

Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais

Centrais Eléctricas do Sul do Brasil S.A.

Central Eléctrica de Furnas

Companhia de Desenvolvimento do Vale do São Francisco

Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Renováveis Fundação Biodiversitas

ORIGINAL CANADIAN PARTNERS

Canadian International Development Agency

Seastar Biotech Inc.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

BRAZILIAN NETWORK PARTNERS

Brazilian institutions that became part of the network associated with the project and/or benefited from project activities, beyond the original partners, include:

Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica

Associação Mineira de Aquicultura

Companhia de Saneamento do Distrito Federal, Brasília

Centro de Apoio ao Pescador (Três Marias, MG)

Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Peixes Tropicais

Empresa Brasileiro de Pesquisa Agropecuario

Fundação ZooBotanica de Belo Horizonte

Instituto Estadual de Florestas (Minas Gerais)

ITAIPU Binacional

Ministerio do Meio Ambiente

Piscicultura Panama Ltda. (Santa Caterina)

Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas

Secretaria de Meio Ambiente e Desenvolvimento (Minas Gerais)

Departamentos de Pesca e Servico de Inspeção de Pescado e Derivados / Ministerio de Agricultura e do Abastecimento (Brasilia)

Secretaria de Recursos Hídricos (Brasilia)

Universidade Estadual de São Paulo

Universidade do Vale de Sinos (Rio Grande do Sul)

Universidade Federal de Lavras (Minas Gerais)

Universidade do Oeste de Santa Caterina

Universidade de São Paulo 

NORTH AMERICAN NETWORK PARTNERS

Canadian and North American institutions that participated in project activities, beyond those initially proposed:

BC Hydro

BC Ministry of Environment

BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

BC Ministry of Forests and Range

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Future SEA Technologies Inc.

International Development Research Centre

LGL Ltd. Environmental Research Associates

LOTEK Wireless Inc.

Memorial University

Northwest Marine Technology Inc.

Sea Spring Salmon Farms Ltd.

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Vancouver Aquarium

Western Canada's Genetic Centre