Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 403–414

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

  • Miguel PetrereJr.
  • Ronaldo Borges Barthem
  • Edwin Agudelo Córdoba
  • Bernardo Corrales Gómez

DOI: 10.1007/s11160-004-8362-7

Cite this article as:
Petrere, M., Barthem, R.B., Córdoba, E.A. et al. Rev Fish Biol Fisheries (2004) 14: 403. doi:10.1007/s11160-004-8362-7


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.


AmazonBrachyplatystoma filamentosumcatfish fisheriespiraíba

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel PetrereJr.
    • 1
  • Ronaldo Borges Barthem
    • 2
  • Edwin Agudelo Córdoba
    • 3
  • Bernardo Corrales Gómez
    • 4
  1. 1.UNESP – Departamento de EcologiaRIO CLARO (SP)Brasil
  2. 2.Museu Paraense Emílio GoeldiBelém (PA)Brasil
  3. 3.SINCHI – Instituto Amazônico de Investigaciones Cientificas da ColombiaLeticiaColombia
  4. 4.INCODER – Instituto Colombiano de Desarollo RuralLeticiaColombia