Master of Science (MS)
First Advisor's Name
Elizabeth P. Anderson
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Joel T. Heinen
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Third Advisor's Committee Title
environmental studies, Latin American studies
Date of Defense
In order to conserve megafaunal, charismatic freshwater fish species, an interdisciplinary, translational ecology approach is needed. This thesis explores trends in conservation of the pan-Amazonian Arapaima spp., with two major components. First, I examined research trends on Arapaima over the last 50 years by categorizing articles by theme and geography. My results showed that aquaculture and biology were dominant themes, with most research conducted in the Brazilian Amazon. Second, I conducted field research in the Colombian Amazon to examine perceptions of Arapaima management at various geographic and political scales. One important finding was the crucial role of communities and small-scale fisheries in Arapaima conservation. Localized programs that include joint efforts of different institutions, and community members, have boosted population numbers of the fish in several areas of the Amazon. My results also suggest that local programs work, but without enforcement from regional and national authorities, their success for Arapaima conservation and management will be limited.
Rojas, Ana A., "Conservation and Management of Arapaima spp. in the Colombian Amazon" (2019). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4289.
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