Conservation of the Ichthyofauna
Uruguay River (SC) and Iguazu River (PR)
To improve the conservation status of Brazilian biodiversity, ENGIE Brasil carries out a series of actions for the conservation of the ichthyofauna of the Uruguay and Iguazu Rivers.
The project has helped conserve five fish species endemic to the Iguazu River – Rhamdia branneri, Rhamdia voulezi, Pimelodus britskii, Astyanax gymnodontus and Steindachneridion melanodermatum; and the dourado (brasiliensis), suruvi (Steindachneridion scriptum) and piracanjuba (Brycon orbygnianus) species in the Uruguay River.
- To create a bank of cryopreserved sperm for the selected species, enabling in-vitro reproduction and the formation of a gene bank;
- To release specimens of the selected species, contributing to increased populations in the Iguazu and Uruguay Rivers regions;
- To introduce local species fish farming to local producers as a means to generate income, in addition to preventing the introduction of alien species;
- To conduct community-oriented environmental education actions to prevent predatory fishing and river pollution;
- To train specialized human resources in the reproduction of endemic species and their use for fish farming purposes;
The case by the numbers
BRL 1 million
30 release events
- Reduced decline of the species in consideration;
- Mitigated threats against these species;
- Involvement of the local population in biodiversity conservation.