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Brazilian fish fauna threatened by a proposal for a new law protecting invaders

  • Renata R. Ota
  • Augusto Frota
  • Anielly G. Oliveira
  • Gabriela Nardi
  • Helen C. Proença
  • Hugo J. Message
  • Iago S. Penido
  • Maria J. M. Ganassin
  • Angelo A. Agostinho
Letter to the Editor
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Invasive species

To the Editor,

The megadiversity of Brazilian rivers is threatened. Despite being a signatory of the Convention on Biological Diversity (legislative decree 2/94), through which the country has committed to fighting biological invasions, attempts have already been made to promote the naturalization by decree (Pelicice et al. 2014) and in situ farming of non-native species (Garcia et al. 2018). State laws must not contradict commitments assumed by the federal government, mainly when their justification has no scientific basis. However, a new proposed law (PL) (No. 487/2018, by the legislator Ademar Luiz Traiano) aims to protect and stock the peacock bass (local name “tucunaré”) in Paraná River basin reservoirs, claiming that these species have been decimated by commercial fishing, and that its perpetuation is compromised. Cichla kelberi and C. piquiti (wrongly referred in the PL as C. monoculus and Cichlasp., respectively) have been introduced in parts of south and southeast Brazil,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Renata R. Ota
    • 1
  • Augusto Frota
    • 1
  • Anielly G. Oliveira
    • 1
  • Gabriela Nardi
    • 2
  • Helen C. Proença
    • 2
  • Hugo J. Message
    • 3
  • Iago S. Penido
    • 2
  • Maria J. M. Ganassin
    • 1
  • Angelo A. Agostinho
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia de Ambientes Aquáticos ContinentaisUniversidade Estadual de MaringáMaringáBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia ComparadaUniversidade Estadual de MaringáMaringáBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de BiologiaUniversidade Estadual de MaringáMaringáBrazil
  4. 4.Núcleo de Pesquisas em Limnologia, Ictiologia e Aquicultura (NUPÉLIA)MaringáBrazil

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