Description: Amazon Fish collection expedition - boat-based on the Amazon and tributaries (itinerary TBD). Apart from a few species of designated food fishes that are prohibited for export, and CITES listes species (e.g. stingrays) most of the 150-250 species typically encountered can be shipped back home. Fish are cared for on-board the boat during the duration of the expedition, and are shipped through a licensed commercial exporter in Peru. MTAE works with a USA importer for arranging export to the USA. For shipping to other countries (Canada, UK, etc.), participants wishing to take fish back will need to contact their appropriate government agencies to make permit arrangements. Under current regulations, it is unfortunate that it is impossible to ship fish to Australia and New Zealand (without excessively onerous expense and paperwork).
Cost: $1545 ($200 discount for repeat clients) - includes 2 nights hotel (standard hostal with fans, but no A/C) in Iquitos, airport pickup/drop-off, all accommodations and meals aboard Esperanza riverboat, skiff use, crew services, etc.
Cost DOES NOT include fish shipping costs, which depend on the weight and destination of the shipment. Shipment costs are divided among participants according to how many boxes of fish they are taking back, and which have ranged from $100-$200/box in the past (varies with the total size of the shipment)
Itinerary: Participants should arrive in Iquitos on Saturday 8 August 2020, or on an early flight on Sunday 9 August 2020. Departure from the hotel to the port at 9 AM on 10 Aug. Return to Iquitos early afternoon on Friday 14 August, with transfer of fishes to the exporters facility for acclimatization and processing. Opportunity to visit the exporters facility and purchase additional fish if desired. Overnight in Iquitos with group dinner on the Iquitos Boulevard. On Saturday 15 August, there is opportunity to revisit the exporters, or to visit other exporters and to make more purchases. Participants may depart any time on Saturday 15 August (or late on 15 Aug.)
Leader(s): Devon Graham
Contact: Devon Graham