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Man, Fishes, and the Amazon - Nigel J. H. Smith

Man, Fishes, and the Amazon

Hardcover Published: 22nd May 1981
ISBN: 9780231051569
Number Of Pages: 180
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The largest of tropical rivers, the Amazon is also home to more species of fish - among them the pirarucu (Arapaima gigas), tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum), and piranhas (Serrasalmus spp.) - than any other river in the world. An immensely important renewable resource, the fish of the Amazon and its tributaries provide a large segment of the regional population with both a livelihood and a crucial source of dietary protein.

"Man, Fishes, and the Amazon" is an intriguing and original history of the fishermen and fish of the Amazon basin. Setting up a field bas in Itacoatiara, a Brazilian town of approximately 30,000 on the north bank of the Amazon, Nigel Smith spent 500 hours listening to and observing the river's fishermen: their lives, their society, their folklore, their fishing methods, their fishing grounds, and their catch. Analyzing this mass of data, Smith's study shows how local practices based on folklore and myth have helped to preserve the balance between fish and fisherman, and explores how the balance is being disrupted by cultural and ecological changes in the region.

Exploring in depth such specific areas as local food taboos, methods of preparation of food dishes, statistics of protein intake, and the productivity of fisheries, "Man, Fishes, and the Amazon" will provide to be an important source of research, as well as an invaluable case study, for anthropologists, ichthyologists, and geographers.

Rationale, Study Area, and Methods
The Biophysical Setting Geomorphology, climate and hydrology, varzea forest, and seral vegetation, fish fauna of Amazon
The Socioeconomic EnvironmentAntiquity of man in the Itacoatiara area, socioeconomic status of fishermen, organization of fishing methods, species caught, biotopes fished
Fishing Methods and Catch per EffortDescription of fishing technologies, origins, seasonal variation of fishing methods, species caught, biotopes fished
Fish Yield and ConsumptionProductivity of fisheries, per capita consumption of fish, food avoidances and ecological significance, preparation of fish dishes, utilization of other aquatic fauna
Folklore and FishingMyths and legends of fishermen, significance in terms of protein availability and conservation of fish stocks
Impact of Cultural and Ecological Change on FisheriesThe impact of the breaking down of myths and legislation on conservation of fisheries, population increase, development projects and habitat destruction
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ISBN: 9780231051569
ISBN-10: 0231051565
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 22nd May 1981
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.95  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.44