The lack of alternative income sources: The case of ornamental fishing in the Inirida fluvial confluence, Colombian Amazon

Daniel Guerrero, Marcela Franco-Jaramillo, Jordi Rosell


In this paper we present a case study of the impoverished ornamental fishing situation in the Inirida Fluvial Confluence (IFC) in Colombia. For this purpose fieldwork was conducted to obtain primary data from fishermen in the zone. The results indicate that effort applied to create different economic activities have no significant impact on the income of fishermen. Community Agreements for Responsible Fishing (CARF) could be an effective policy for management of the resource; nevertheless, their establishment can bring a loss of livelihoods when there are no clear alternative income sources, and may be incompatible with poverty alleviation objectives. Due to this, alternative sources of income should also be promoted in policy-making.


Inland fisheries; Natural Resource Management; Rural Development

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Q22, I25, J15.

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