Sustaining the Arapaima Population, Amazon #Rainforest, Peru

I take this photograph of an Arapaima fish, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, on a small lake in Nauta Town.  Since the Arapaima is thought to be overfished on the Amazon River, it is being farmed on the lake, and there are regulations in effect to control over-fishing.  Since the fish are air-breathers, they may be harpooned by fishermen when they come to the surface for air.  The indigenous people like to eat Arapaima fish, but their catch is regulated to conserve the population in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve.  With this global photo story, I salute the regulations to sustain the population of Arapaima fish.

By Stacey Gerhart

Stacey Gerhart, DVM is a veterinarian, world traveler and children's book author. Her fun and inspiring stories will leave you cheering for nature, wildlife, and protecting the planet. Stacey believes fiction pairs beautifully with non-fiction for parents and teachers to share stories with children to raise awareness about wildlife, environment, and sustainability.