Collecting fish for the aquarium trade is an important source of income thousands of people along Brazil’s Rio Negro

The colorful cardinal tetra is the focal point of this fishery and there are other fish involved

Research indicates that this fishery is sustainable and protects critical habitat

Fish collectors need pristine waters and forests for their livelihoods

Income from this trade prevents deforestation

Fishers don’t need to resort to slash-and-burn agriculture or other destructive practices to support their families

Project Piaba is working to protect and promote this fishery and the benefits it provides to the waters and forests of the Rio Negro

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