Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 403-414

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Review of the large catfish fisheries in the upper Amazon and the stock depletion of piraíba (Brachyplatystoma filamentosumLichtenstein)

  • Miguel PetrereJr.Affiliated withUNESP – Departamento de Ecologia Email author 
  • , Ronaldo Borges BarthemAffiliated withMuseu Paraense Emílio Goeldi
  • , Edwin Agudelo CórdobaAffiliated withSINCHI – Instituto Amazônico de Investigaciones Cientificas da Colombia
  • , Bernardo Corrales GómezAffiliated withINCODER – Instituto Colombiano de Desarollo Rural

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In this paper we describe the present status of the large migratory catfish fisheries in the Upper Amazon. We present biological information about the main species and we give strong evidence that the stock of piraíba (Brachyplatystoma filamentosum),the largest catfish in the Amazon Basin is probably over-exploited. In conclusion, we raise some hypotheses about the causes and prospects for the future.


Amazon Brachyplatystoma filamentosum catfish fisheries piraíba