Sustainable management of the Arapaima is first held in the RDS Cujubim

27 of October of 2014 - With the support of the Bolsa Floresta (BFP), activity benefits about 100 bordering the two reserve communities

sustainable income generation is supported by the Bolsa Floresta | Photo: Marcelo Castro / FAS

To protect the forest, We need to create alternative income generation for those who live them. The Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), through the Bolsa Floresta (BFP), It has invested in sustainable activities that help in this process, com0 management of Arapaima in lakes of the gutters of the Rivers Jutaí, Juruá and Solimões. This year, it was the turn of the Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserve) Cujubim joining activity, an important step for the development of an economy coupled with forest conservation in Rio Jutaí. The initiative is funded by the Amazon Fund and has the support of Banco Bradesco.

The management was carried out in stages. The first was a training 21 Participants fishing families of the initiative, We were given guidance to fulfill the requirements demanded by environmental legislation on the arapaima, and an assessment of security and surveillance step. Then, It was performed fish counting process, which will serve as quota for the fishing year 2015. There was 29 lakes traversed in seven days, nine more than in 2013.

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“The inclusion of new lakes is very important for the conservation of aquatic fauna and fishing potential of this region. With the managed activity, Community protect the lakes so that no intruder out pirarucus remove the previously counted. With more lakes counted, They are more conserved locations, ensuring the survival of fish and more income for Community”, explains the regional Juruá-Jutaí FAS coordinator, Marcelo Castro.

The first count in the RDS Cujubim lakes was held in 2013, Ibama with support, and recorded around one thousand fish. This year was allowed to fishing 54 pirarucus, and in a week, They were caught four tons of fish handled.

The fuel for carrying out the activity, fishing tackle, as nets and harpoons, Income component were delivered by Forest purse, with defined investment participatory workshops conducted by the Program. The PBF also supported with the salt milling process, key element for competitiveness in the fish reserve.

“The processing of the arapaima is what ensures the viability of the marketing of fish in the RDS Cujubim. Fresh arapaima is the largest logistics costs, as freight boats with cold storage. Already salted blankets represent less weight for transportation, They do not need ice and have a wide acceptance in the regional market”, explains.

The expectation is that every family get a higher income to R $ 1000,00 on a fishing week. The RDS also has Cujubim as productive rubber calling, which added to the income component of support in the community canteens supply, ensures livelihood without degradation of native forests.

“The reserve is well organized, and this is directly connected gain from this experience. The management of Arapaima is an activity that requires a joint effort, and this has contributed to the strengthening of the residents association”, Marcelo ends.

They were involved in the activity to support the management the State Center for Protected Areas (CEUC), the Brazilian Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), the Residents Association of RDS Cujubim (Aerdsc) and Jutaí-AM Prefecture.