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Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition


Description: Amazon Fish collection expedition - boat-based on the Amazon and Nanay Rivers and tributaries. Apart from designated food fishes that are prohibited for export, most of the 150-200 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. 

Extension Option:  Participants may elect to stay for a second week (they will receive the "repeat client" discount) from 12-18 August (similar overall itinerary, but to the Amazon (white-water) and Nanay (black-water) Rivers. 

Discus Collecting Option (additional cost): On Friday night/Saturday night 10 + 11 August, a special night-fishing mini-expedition for discus will be offered. Inquire about costs and availability. This is the new moon (11 Aug 2018) when it is easiest to collect discus. 

Cost: $1525 ($200 discount for repeat clients) - includes 2 nights hotel 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 4 August 2018, or on an early flight on Sunday 5 August 2018. Departure from the hotel to the port at 9 AM on 5 August. Itinerary will include the black-water Nanay River as well as the white-water Amazon River and tributaries. Return to Iquitos early afternoon on Friday 10 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 11 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 11 August. 

Leader(s): Devon Graham & Michael Barber (Potomac Valley Aquarium Society & GoWildPeru)

Contact: Devon Graham