Amazon’s Giant Arapaima On The Brink Of Extinction Due To Overfishing

August 14, 2014 6:30 AM

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Amazon’s Giant Arapaima On The Brink Of Extinction Due To Overfishing

The arapaima, a giant fish that used to dominate the Amazon river, has become a victim of overfishing and faces the threat of extinction in many local communities, according to a new study. The researchers found that the commercially important fish has become extinct in eight of the 41 communities covered by the study.

As part of the study, published in the journal Aquatic Conservation: Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems, the researchers compared two theories -- the bioeconomic theory, which the government has depended on to protect fish populations; and the fishing-down theory, which predicts that large, high-value...

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