Jose Bentos and Francisco de Souza Colares are just two of the hundreds of fisherfolk (piabeiros) who work in the fishery.
This is Jose Bentos. He is from Zamula near the Rio Negro River in the Brazilian Amazon. Jose like many others has been fishing for the home aquarium fish trade for decades. His primary fish is the cardinal tetra. He has said that when he dies he would like to will the land he owns to Project Piaba as a fish reserve.
Here’s what another fisher says:
Here’s some information about one of the many communities in the fishery:
Because of the economic stability offered by fishing, and since the fish rely on food falling into the water from the trees of the flooded forest, the Piaberos are diligent in protecting the local ecosystem from those that would do it harm. There is no logging or mining allowed. They have preserved a pristine, beautiful rain forest, and go on protecting it year after year. This undisturbed forest provides a sanctuary to hundreds of species of birds and other animals. Protecting this fishery is of vital importance to the ecosystem.