The introduction of the fish generated economic income and helped to reduce the pressure on the natural resources of the Bolivian Amazon.
Bolivia remains a poor country in the economic overview, with poverty indexes increasing. However, the introduction of Paiche to the Beni, Pando, and Santa Cruz rivers has brought economic benefits to the rural population of the north of the country.
In the river port of Riberalta, in the department of Beni, and in the markets of Trinidad, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba, the most populated cities in northern Bolivia, a new industry has grown to commercialize meat and “leathers” extracted from Paiches.
This type of fish from Peru has become an economic asset for hundreds of Bolivian families. And if properly managed, their fisheries could also become a powerful antidote to curbing the deforestation afflicting the country. Paiches usually inhabit lagoons with abundant floating vegetation and some rivers where oxygen is generally scarce and their is little competition. It is distinguished from other fish by its enormous size and the dark brown color of its head and back.
The Paiches need to breath air from the surface and this is key to fishing them. Bolivian fishermen have said that without these fish, they would still be poor. Fishing is still a very important practice in Peru as well, it is worth recalling what happened in Paracas last year.
This is just another example of Peru’s continued relationship with its neighbor with Peru sharing data boat data Bolivian fishermen.