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The Amazon Basin's Arapaima, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world reaching ten feet long and weighing up to 400 pounds, were once abundant in the lakes and ponds of the Rupunuini in Guyana. In the 1970s harvesting of this species began in earnest leading to such a dramatic decline in numbers that by 2001 there were fewer than 1000 individuals in the entire region. A 2014 study by Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment found that the fish has become extinct in some regions due to overfishing. The good news is that in 27% of the communities have established management rules for fishing the arapaima; the density of the fish in these areas is 100 times higher than in regions where no rules are followed or regulations are ignored. Pete Oxford has documented such a success story where an average of 17% annual population increase has been achieved in a properly managed area.
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) being targeted by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447457 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) being targeted by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447442 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) and licensed fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447458 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) and licensed fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) and licenced fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447454 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) and licenced fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447451 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447439 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447440 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447444 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting dragged onto land, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447453 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting dragged onto land, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447443 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447455 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) caught by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) carried by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447456 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) carried by fisherman, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting butchered, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447436 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting butchered, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting butchered, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447437 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting butchered, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting butchered, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447435 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting butchered, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting butchered, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447438 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting butchered, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting butchered, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447433 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) getting butchered, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) meat drying in sun from legal harvest, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447447 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) meat drying in sun from legal harvest, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) meat drying in sun from legal harvest, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447441 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) meat drying in sun from legal harvest, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) removed skin, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447434 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) removed skin, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) scale, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447448 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) scale, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) scales, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447431 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) scales, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) scales, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447459 Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) scales, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
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