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Migratory Fishes of South America: Biology, Fisheries, and Conservation Status

Joachim Carolsfield, Brian Harvey, Carmen Ross, and Anton Baer
World Fisheries Trust, World Bank, IDRC

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Fish species that migrate within the great rivers of South America support important local fisheries but are little known outside their native range. This book represents the first collection of the work of local scientific experts on these remarkable fish. The authors cover the Upper Paraná, Paraguay-Paraná, Uruguay and São Francisco basins in Brazil, as well as the Brazilian and Colombian Amazon. They discuss not only the principal migratory species and their fascinating relationship with the water cycle in the rivers and wetlands, but also the fisheries they support, and their often precarious conservation status.

The editors

Joachim Carolsfeld is Research Director at World Fisheries Trust (WFT) and has worked with Brazilian freshwater fisheries and aquaculture for over 18 years.

Brian Harvey founded the World Fisheries Trust in 1994 and is currently WFT’s President. Dr Harvey has authored more than one hundred scientific papers and reports and also writes magazine and newspaper articles for the general public, including a regular column in Waters Magazine.

Carmen Ross works for WFT on a variety of projects including researching, writing, and editing various technical publications.

Anton Baer is a writer with a special interest in national policies on conservation of biological diversity.  He lives in Slovakia, where he teaches, writes, and consults.