Dec 03 2013
Looking for something different to do on January 25 – February 8th, 2014?
Here is an exciting opportunity to visit the natural habitats of many South American ornamental fish, and meet fishermen who collect these fish for the pet trade in a sustainable manner. The New England Aquarium would like to share with you the opportunity to travel with Project Piaba to the heart of the Amazon, Brazil’s Rio Negro. The expedition will be part of Project Piaba’s long term study on the Amazon fishery for the global home aquarium fish trade.
Join Dr Tim Miller-Morgan (Aquatic Animal Health Program, Oregon Sea Grant, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine), Dr Scott Dowd (New England Aquarium) and Dr. Nick Saint-Erne (Pet Quality Veterinarian, PetSmart, Inc.) on the adventure of a lifetime. We will be examining the development & implementation of Best Handling Practices with the goal of maximizing animal welfare, minimizing stress and trauma at capture and handling by intermediaries and also pre-export conditioning for maximizing market value and competitiveness.
The overall objective of the trip will be the continuation of the assessment of trade barriers and strategic planning to preserve and enhance the ornamental fishery and it’s benefits to the environment and local people.
Also, we’ll be spending a few days visiting an ornamental fishing community that we won’t be able to reach on the live-aboard boat. We’ll get there by motor canoe, and stay with the community for a couple nights.
Here is a link with some details about the trip:
or Project Piaba’s facebook page:
One last link – a very nice article in Discover Magazine on the project:
Here is the cost breakdown for the trip:
Dates: January 25, – Feb. 8 2015
Costs: US $2,500 for the two weeks on the boat
accommodations in a double occupancy cabin. En suite, air conditioned
All meals, mineral water, coffee/tea, juices
all program activities, guides, etc
Local transportation in Brazil; airport pickup, & drop off
airfare (rendezvous in Manaus, Brazil or Miami)
Guide/boat crew tips
Alcoholic and carbonated beverages – there is a well stocked bar on the
boat and a tab is settled up at the end of the trip
Continuing Education Credits will be available for participating veterinarians
For additional information, please contact:
New England Aquarium
Timothy J. Miller-Morgan, DVM, CertAqV
Aquatic Animal Health Program – Oregon Sea Grant,
College of Veterinary Medicine
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University
2030 Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 867-0265 (office)
(541) 867-0320 (fax)
Skype Name: h20doc