The Amarakaeri region in south-eastern Peru’s Amazon Basin is feeling the effects of environmental erosion. As deforestation continues apace, and mercury from surrounding goldmines contaminates waterways, residents can no longer depend on woodland and rivers for survival. There is, therefore, a desperate need to generate a new source of income, and fish farming just might be one solution. It is not only a potential lifeline for the local population, but stands to benefit the environment by drawing miners and forest workers into a different, cleaner sector.
A film by Carolina Chimoy