Brazil Finally Bans Fishery Using River Dolphins As Fish Bait

by | Aug 2, 2014 | Conservation, Fish, Industry | 0 comments

dolphinAs a biologist I understand the food chain. That being said, the lurid practice of killing dolphins for catfish bait is both unnecessary and barbaric. There are multiple non-marine mammal bait alternatives readily available that commercial fisheries can and do use. Not in Brazil. Until now, catfish fisheries were using river dolphins as bait. The sought after catfish, piracatinga, are lured by using illegally caught dolphins, which are captured and chopped up solely for the purpose of being catfish bait. The dolphins included the pink river or boto dolphins, a second species of river dolphin called tucuxi and the caimans. All of these dolphins have seen declining populations in the past years. Although killing dolphins was already illegal, the activity was not enforced. Effective January 1, 2015, The Brazilian Government has banned the commercial capture of piracatinga for five years, with the goal to become a permanent ban.This is certainly a great victory. MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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