Four chefs, one enormous fish

  By Iván Ulchur-Rota “Was there enough for everyone?”, I asked Estefy Baldeón, chef and Canopy Bridge consultant, about the fish just grilled in a forest clearing on the banks of the Aguarico River in the Amazon. “Everyone ate,” she answered. “And they loved it.” After eating dinner around the fire, four chefs, the Canopy […]

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La piscicultura para cuidar el bosque: la alternativa cofán

Iván Ulchur-Rota Roberto Aguinda conocía bien al paiche (Arapaima gigas) cuando lo pescaba hace años en las pequeñas lagunas cercanas a su comunidad cofán en la provincia de Sucumbíos. Es un animal legendario. Su tamaño –de hasta casi tres metros de largo– así como su cara de gruñón le han ganado para algunos el nombre de […]

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Fish-farming paiche: a Cofan alternative to preserve the forest

  Iván Ulchur-Rota Roberto Aguinda, a Cofán indian, knew the paiche well when he fished it years ago in the jungle lagoons near his community in the province of Sucumbios, Ecuador. Paiche´s (Arapaima gigas) enormous size (up to 2-½ meters in length) and grumpy face has earned it the title of “river monster.” Last Thursday, […]

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