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Amazon Fish Collecting Expedition - Napo & Mazan Rivers


Description: Amazon Fish collection expedition - boat-based on the Napo and Mazan 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. 

Cost: $1875 ($200 discount for repeat clients) - includes 2 nights hotel in Iquitos, airport pickup/drop-off, all accommodations and meals aboard Esperanza riverboat or equivalent, 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 Wed 23 January 2019, or on an early flight on Thu 24 Jan. Departure from the hotel to the port at 9 AM on 24 January 2019. Itinerary will include the black-water Mazan River as well as the white-water Napo River and tributaries. Return to Iquitos early afternoon on Friday 1 Feb, 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 2 Feb, there is opportunity to revisit the exporters, or to visit other exporters and to make more purchases. Participants may depart any time on Saturday 2 February 2019. 

Leader(s): Devon Graham

Contact: Devon Graham