Sustainble Pirarucu Management in Pará

Together with the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises (SEBRAE), STA partner SAPOPEMA organized a meeting on the Pirarucu Supply Chain on March 21st. Present at the event was the newly elected Governor of Pará state, Helder Barbalho, as well as the Vice-Governor, various Secretaries of State, and Municipal Secretaries. Participants discussed the development of sustainable supply chains for pirarucu – one of the largest freshwater fish species – and the need for regulations surrounding managed pirarucu. SAPOPEMA staff presented Governor Barbalho with a Plan for the Sustainable Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Lower Amazon, development through a multi-stakeholder process with representatives from academia, civil society, fisher unions, nonprofit research organizations, for-profit fish processors, and government agencies. Moving forward, meeting participants agreed to work together to finalize the process of regularization surrounding the appropriate juridical instruments needed for sustainably managing this critical fish species in the state of Pará.