The average fish keeper has a choice
when they purchase a fish. Where that fish has come from, where their money
from purchase of that fish goes, and where you choose to put your money and
where you choose to source your fish from has a definite impact on this
planet and on lots of other people’s lives in the supply chain of those fish
coming to you. You can buy a fish and save a tree by choosing to buy fish that
come from fisheries that support forest conservation that your purchase is going
towards supporting the livelihood of someone who is now curating the forest
because their life depends on it or their source of income depends on it.
Their source of income is protected when the forest is protected. My name is
Jackie Anderson and I’m here the world non-profit 501 C 3 corporation were
entirely volunteer run and what we do is we work to foster sustainable home
aquarium fish fisheries that drive conservation and the areas where the
fish are native to this is Taylor surfer design and you’re watching river life
it’s just mind blowing you’re not gonna believe everything every body everything
that’s there hundreds of vendors thousands of people it’s all happening
right here Gela 2019 Chicago Illinois I want to thank you guys in advance for
tolerating some audio issues the noise level the ambient noise level on the
floor dr. shell it was insane even in post I wasn’t able to clean it up very
much so I appreciate your tolerance listening to some of that background
noises I’m trying to get some world-class information from some
world-class and professional representatives and even now as I’m
recording be the outro and the intro for this edited video we’ve got rain for the
first time in three months it seems like and I’m just competing for an
opportunity against man and nature to get some good audio so thanks thanks for
all your support thanks for checking out this video thank you Jason at prom Tom
quaters from us you’re sure it’s good to see you in aqua
shell aqua Shella so cool so many cool people there including my friend hailey
from oddball aquatics always good to see her she’s such a great sport it was so
awesome to hang out with the volunteers from Project Kiev I met Jackie a couple
of years prior to kwatak experience it was good to meet Tori I’ve been in talks
and emails with Scott now the director project y’all but leading up to off
Michela and you know I remembered the first time
I talked to these gods about the impact project calvo was having and in the fish
industry and in the rain forests in the American fish hobby and the rain forest
I remember being shocked I remember I was so shocked when I learned that
project kiawa was pushing this idea of wild-caught fish we all know wild-caught
is bad right so I’m getting Scott he was so patient who started telling me about
the steps in the years of research and the generations of fishery techniques
that have been used by the native people and my mind was just blown oh I was
blown away so I kept learning more that was aquatic experience 2017 I kept
looking for informational project PR but getting the same story from everybody it
seemed to be adding up this was a legit effort then then I learned you know 27
years of research five generations of indigenous people using the Rio Negro
primarily as a fishery to supply our hobby I guess I was really bound to much
traditional thought I didn’t want to let go of my ignorance Hunt involved and
captive animals for over 50 years and just solidly believed that we need to be
promoting captive breeding and husbandry before importation
and I immediately thought this is bad for the animals and this is this is part
of a corporate scheme for someone to make some money they’re just promoting an organization they’re promoting an
organization to make some money none of that’s true project the office fully
volunteer organization not formally funded and they do care about the
rainforest conservation to fish and our hobby our hobby and they’re helping all
those things they’re having a positive impact on all of those things so it was
very interesting to have my whole paradigm just shift so quickly centered
around the idea of wild caught fish and I guess I just couldn’t I needed help
understanding that you could sustainably harvest fish from the wild especially in
a delicate ecosystem like the Amazon rainforest and Scott down and project
piaba and now Jackie and Tory have helped me come to realize that that’s in
fact what’s been going on for decades and my ignorance of what was happening
didn’t change the fact that it was happening and that it was having a
positive impulse I’m glad those guys were patient with me and took time to
explain all the details any question I had they were happy to answer and it’s a
it’s a wonderful organization my name is torie Babson and I am the assistant
director of education at project piaba project piaba is important to me because
it combines conservation with the environment and the humans that live in
that environment so not just the humans not just the animals of the life that
lives there but both of them together we are a wholesaler we’re the largest
wholesaler in the nation of tropical fish and we probably support project the
other because it’s important who needs the same look like a
wild as well as th because it’s just me so important going project piaba doesn’t
buy the fish doesn’t sell the fish but what we do is we work throughout various
stages of the supply chain to help improve any of the issues that happen
within the fishery so we make sure that the fishery the wild-caught Fisheries of
the Rio Negro that have that positive beneficial impact on the environment are
competitive on a global scale with captive raised fish and fish that are
produced that don’t necessarily have that impact project piaba works in a lot
of different places most of our poster child for project
piaba is in the Rio Negro which is the largest tributary of the Amazon we also
are working on expanding the project to work in other places where the fish are
interesting to people as fish keepers are sustainable as in can be caught
without negatively impacting the environment but also will have the
benefit of providing conservation to the areas where those fish come from we have
over 6,000 holding tanks and we actually have a special section just for progress
beyond the picture even labeled the other as a retailer you can actually
click on the website and strap from the fiamma section so you know if you’re
ordering and Cardinal it’s gonna come from Colombia or Paola not only is this
a low impact on the population of fish but it’s actually a zero impact on the
population of fish so during the rainy season the water levels rise a whole
bunch and as soon as the dry season comes that
water level drops so all those fish that have now reproduced and made a whole
bunch of babies there’s nowhere for them to be there’s not enough food for them
to eat they dry out in ponds and they die so all the fish that are collected
are essentially fish that would be doomed and not going to make it through
that season anyway so it’s actually a zero impact to shrink one of my favorite
things about project pea Avila fishes is that they lend themselves so well to
home aquariums because they’re generally small they’re generally colorful and
they generally not interesting amazing behaviors there are lots of ways to
learn more about project pea abbie you can visit us on our website which is
project piaba org you can check us out on Facebook or Instagram there are lots
of ways to get involved I would say the biggest way is to start asking questions
when you’re buying fish start asking where has this fish come from and
thinking about it in terms of where the money that we spend as consumers is
going and and things like that like where your impact as a person is going
when you purchase something so you would want to be asking the person that you’re
buying your fish from where it’s come from
and so that’s really important we want people to be talking about project piaba
we want people to be recognizing that wild-caught fisheries can have a very
positive beneficial impact on the environment because a lot of people here
wild-caught and they think it’s kind of a dirty word you know they think oh that
must be bad for the environment that must hurt the environment
so we want wild-caught fish to be not the dirty word we want you to think
about it in terms of how can it help project piaba also does a yearly
expedition where we bring people down to the Amazon to experience the supply
chain of aquarium fish from where they’re caught in the villages that are
fishing for home aquarium fish to the transfer stations where they’re sold to
to the exporters where they are then exported from Brazil and it’s a really
cool trip where people get to see the entire experience of the fish from from
where it is when it’s swimming around in the wild to everything that happens to
it before it comes to your tank you can learn more about our expedition on our
web site project piaba org your purchases as a consumer can help you
have a positive impact on the environment and on conservation by
purchasing wild-caught fish from the Rio Negro aquarium fish catchers in the Rio
Negro have the fishery itself has existed since the 1950s the people that
we work with are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the original
aquarium fish collectors the thing is however that this
the fishery itself has changed over those past decades and now a lot of
those same species of fish are available captive raised and produced in places
other than where they come from and those fish that are produced in other
places do not have the same environmental impact as the ones that
are caught from the Rio Negro the ones that are caught by people who live there
who are now incentivized to protect the environment because it is their source
of livelihood project piaba is a non-profit 501 C 3 corporation and we
are entirely volunteer-run all of us have day jobs all of us work on this
project in our spare time project piaba has a core of a handful of volunteers
and a lot others who are more peripheral liaisons with us project piaba partners
with national fish keeping conventions because we believe that you cannot you
cannot have the positive impact of this fishery without fish keepers we want
people to be interested in fish keeping and a lot of times there are a lot of
negative thoughts on keeping animals in captivity but we want people to realize
that this can actually be an important driver of environmental conservation and
stewardship in the areas where these animals are are caught and that they can
actually help the environment people can help project piaba by connecting with us
in various ways you can try our website you can try our social media but also
more importantly we want you talking about wild-caught fisheries and talking
about wild-caught fish where you purchase your fish and with your friends
you can also donate money to us on our website you can join us on an expedition
there are various ways to get involved we’re always seeking volunteers the
YouTube community can help project piaba by promoting us by talking about us
please certainly get in touch with us one of the things that we would like to
be better at is sharing our story because we have about 27 years of
science dedicated to project piaba to proving that it’s sustainable to proving
that it’s beneficial in that it has a wonderful economic impact on the people
who live in these biologically important areas and we want your help in sharing
this story with everyone else so one of our new exciting things that we have
going on at project piaba is we have a new aquarium tank kit that we’ve
developed with aqueon and with this kit this is a rainforest conservation kit so
it’s built for Blackwater so you can set up you can recreate a Rio Negro biotope
in your home with a home aquarium kit and when you purchase the kit you can
receive a twenty five dollar coupon for the purchase of Rio Negro fish which are
supplied by Segrest farms project piaba is one of my favorite organizations
because we are connecting people to conservation in a real-world way so now I’m at availing board as an
influencer for a project Piazza I think it’s very important that we spread the
word and that’s why I’m doing this video and giving you the first-hand
information from the project the AMA volunteers and their material that’s
been compiled over 27 years research and I just I want you to have the
opportunity to know that they are fostering a sustainable wild fish
harvest and that it is improving our coffee and the rainforest and the people
that are indigenous to the rainforest as well as aquarium fish keepers and the
fish hobby so there are some things that are coming up right around the corner
there’s a movie about project piaba there’s a special rainforest
conservation kit aquarium that’s about to be launched so there’s it it’s the
right time to learn about it let’s all get up to speed about project Piazza and
enjoy and share the wonderful things that they’re doing in our coffee learn
how they’re doing it if you’ve got questions reach out to them give leave a
comment below if you’ve got a question about project qiyamah and I’ll answer it
as soon as I can if I don’t know I’ll reach out to project Chiappa and I’m
sure those guys would love to share with you answers to any of your questions if
you happen to make it to an aquarium conventions my product experience is
coming up and not a normal project fiamma be there with the booth but
they’re giving away an expedition to the Rio Negro so you can be on the boat
going out into the shallows with the native fishermen and women and you can
just watch how they do it with their hand nets and their paddle they kind of
Corral the fish into the net and I would like to go see that one day
that’s fascinating you’re gonna give away a trip to Rio Negro they’re giving
away an expedition the project piaba expedition you have to do a video the
details are gonna be there at aquatic experience you have to be at aquatic
experience to participate otherwise you can learn more about
project Fiamma by asking me a question let me get back to you I didn’t think
collecting fish from the wild was a good idea and it took several conversations
with Scott and the volunteer staff their project table for me to get my head
wrapped around it I I was clinging on to my traditional thoughts and it was new
information for my buffets my buffet of consideration was expanded and more I
learned about the more I understood the greater good was in harvesting
sustainably these wild caught fish like this video give it a thumbs up if
you know someone else who might like it send it on down the line that’s how the
channel grows till the next one get out there and see it love it and live it


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