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Man, Fishes and the Amazon

By: NJH Smith

180 pages, Figs, tabs

Columbia University Press

Hardback | May 1981 | #2552 | ISBN: 0231051565
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An intriguing and original history of the fishermen and fish of the Amazon basin.


1. Rationale, Study Area, and Methods2. The Biophysical Setting Geomorphology, climate and hydrology, varzea forest, and seral vegetation, fish fauna of Amazon3. The Socioeconomic Environment Antiquity of man in the Itacoatiara area, socioeconomic status of fishermen, organization of fishing methods, species caught, biotopes fished4. Fishing Methods and Catch per Effort Description of fishing technologies, origins, seasonal variation of fishing methods, species caught, biotopes fished5. Fish Yield and Consumption Productivity of fisheries, per capita consumption of fish, food avoidances and ecological significance, preparation of fish dishes, utilization of other aquatic fauna6. Folklore and Fishing Myths and legends of fishermen, significance in terms of protein availability and conservation of fish stocks7. Impact of Cultural and Ecological Change on Fisheries The impact of the breaking down of myths and legislation on conservation of fisheries, population increase, development projects and habitat destruction

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Nigel Smith is a senior researcher with Worldwatch Institute in Wahington, D.C. He recently worked as a research associate at the National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA) in Brazil. Smith received a Ph.D in geography from the University of California at Berkeley.

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