World Wildlife Day

Project Piaba’s partners at OATA have put together a wonderful presentation for World Wildlife Day (today) on how aquarium fisheries can often result in a net benefit in regions of biological importance that are otherwise under threat. The benefits also include the resident fishing communities that would be challenged with poverty, lack of food security, etc. and instead, have their basic needs met in a way that is also a very powerful driver of environmental protection. Many critically endangered species also benefit from the protectionism of aquarium fisheries. In the Amazon, pink river dolphins, giant river otters, jaguars, are just a few of the species that are dependant on the tropical rainforest that is safeguarded by the aquarium fishing communities. Countless tonnes of carbon remain sequestered in the trees, and the healthy tropical forest continues to filter significant amounts of greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.

I suspect that I am telling you what you have long known: there are no problems that can not be resolved by fish.

I’m sending this presentation to you today with the hopes that you will share this document as broadly as possible – please forward, post, tweet, etc. ASAP today.

World Wildlife Day website:

OATA’s presentation:

Project Piaba’s Instagram, Facebook and Website:

Buy a Fish, Save a Tree

The Project Piaba Team

Spencer Jack Biography

Spencer has been active within the aquaria hobby since the age of five. A true: cichlidiot”, he has worked exclusively with cichlids for over thirty years. He has since expanded his horizons to include all types of tropical fish.

Spencer has been an active hobbyist within Winnipeg for a number of years. Some of his roles within the fish hobbyist community include:

  • Co-founder of the Aquarium Society of Winnipeg (1989)
  • Founder and President of the Canadian Cichlid Association (2000)
  • Co-founder of the Dead Fish Order (2012)
  • Spencer now owns and operates a tropical fish business. The aFISHionados, and is still an avid fishkeeper and breeder.
  • Spencer’s enthusiasm, humour and dedication towards the aquarium hobby is easily witnessed through his lectures. All of Spencer’s lectures are full multimedia presentations using powerpoint, and almost all the pictures in use are original pictures taken by Spencer during his years in the hobby and travels across North America, South, Central America, and beyond.
  • Spencer is a part of the American Cichlid Association speakers program.