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The fish exported from Brazil are mostly wild Freshwater fish from the Amazon river but also some 10% interesting Marine Fish & invertebrates.

Brazil authorities had in the past a positive list of fish.

BUT now  May 1st, 2020 new regulation that respects a NEGATIVE LIST as published in a book= This is the book containing all fish species with some degree of threat in Brazil. It’s a hard work done by hundreds of researchers in several workshops over several years. The list of threatened species is reviewed from time to time and the next update is already underway.For the purpose of the new Normative Instruction regulating the use for ornamental purposes, the fish contained in this book are NOT ALLOWED (a list in alphabetical order of the species can be found in the index at the end of the book).
The species Leporacanthicus joselimai; Parancistrus nudiventris; Peckoltia compta; Peckoltia snethlageae; Scobinancistrus aureatus; Scobinancistrus pariolispos; and Teleocichla prionogenys, instead being listed on the Red List Book, ARE ALLOWED TO BE EXPORTED, in accordance with Ordinance No 130 of 27 APRIL 2018 (https://www.mma.gov.br/informma/item/14755-noticia-acom-2018-05-2982.html).

More info (like CITES): http://www.in.gov.br/en/web/dou/-/portaria-n-3.853-de-20-de-agosto-de-2019-211681575?fbclid=IwAR1bNoU6t9WwUToeM5OtRhQf7ox5LDcA18VZC4QvPJXetcESabNIMn0UC8k

CITES UPDATE November 25, 2022+ The plenary of CITES CoP19 in Panama City agreed by consensus to list the Zebra Pleco, Hypancistrus zebra, on appendix II with a zero quota for wild specimens.This is a much more sensible solution for both conservation and trade than the original proposal from Brazil to list the species on appendix I, but it will require the sensible cooperation of Parties to CITES to secure legal commercial trade in captive bred specimens.The listing is expected to go into effect from February 25 2023.

Currently the Hypancistrus zebra L46 is listed as CITES II and is illegal to catch and export from Brazil. Also restrictions excist on the export of freshwater Stingrays. See our report on CITES in Laws & Regulations.  Latest news (May 2017) of fish that are NOW also allowed for export :
Scobinancistrus aureatus L014,         Peckoltia compta L134,
Parancistrus nudiventris L031,           Peckoltia sneathlageae L141,
Scobinancistrus pariolispos L048,      L133,
L253,                                                  Leporacanthicus joselimai L264
Teleocichla prionogenys

Most freshwater fish are exported from the cities Manaus, Belem, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Manaus is known for export of Cardinal tetra, Rummynose, other Tetras, Corydoras, Discus, Angelfish, some Loricaridae or other cat fish.

Belem has also a large variety of Amazon fish but is more specialized in the Loricaridae

Sao Paulo has good airport connections and can therefore offer a large variety of Brasilian fish to most parts of the world.

Hereby a nice short video as introduction on the Wild Fish from Brazil made for Project Piaba= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qcgWkr-33k

See also a  short introduction film ‘Sustainable Fish collecting in the Amazon”  by expert Cameraman Don McConnell= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nbUl_FCbLM&t=26s

We= Bassleer Biofish is proud sponsor for Sustainable collection of Amazon fish= it has a socio-economic benefit for the local people(fisherman en woman, piaberos) SEE OUR SHORT FILM, we look for more sponsors= Collecting of wild fish in the Amazon region

Project Piaba is a non-governemental project to promote the sustainable collecting of aquarium fish in the Amazon with eco-social benifit for nature & mankind.

For more info on this project see www.projectpiaba.org