June 10, 2020

Through the Amazon rivers

By Claudia Acosta, Gina Leite, Guido Herrera y Vanessa Eyng.

The Amazon is the largest and most biodiverse freshwater system in the world, its numbers are impressive. The Amazon Basin covers 7 million km² and corresponds to the largest rainforest in the world. The large amount of water is what makes it so special: its floodable forests, rivers, lakes and other wetlands represent 14% of the area of the Amazon Basin. 

May 25, 2020

An impressive migration is interrupted

By Claudia Acosta, Fabrice Duponchele, Gina Leite, Guido Miranda y Vanessa Eyng.

A journey of almost 11 thousand kilometers. In between, the dorado, Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii, travels the Amazon Basin in its life cycle, from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. But as with any movement, even of people, the road must be free for movement to occur. 

May 25, 2020

The smaller of the smaller - migration is not just a matter of size

By Vanessa Eyng and Guido Miranda

The Tacana people are located in the Bolivian Amazon. Many of its members live in the Tacana Community Land of Origin, on the plains of the Beni River. When the Tacana want to accentuate something in their language, they repeat the word. Let's take an example. The word chipi, in tacana, means small. If something is too small, the chipi becomes chipi chipi. The double leaves no doubt: we are talking about the smallest.


May 23, 2020

Looking at the turtles of the Amazon and the importance of monitoring them

By Camila Fagundes and Camila Ferrara - WCS Brasil 


The turtles of the Amazon, like many other animals, move between aquatic spaces, areas of floodable forest and along the beaches that form on the shores in times of drought. The beaches are particularly important, because they are areas where they lay their eggs.

May 22, 2020

Biodiversity on the move



The Citizen Science Network for the Amazon is an initiative that brings together different organizations and individuals. In this way we collaborate to empower citizens and generate knowledge about the fish and aquatic ecosystems of the Amazon Basin. Our focus is precisely the largest and most biodiverse freshwater system in the world!

April 15, 2020

New partners of the Citizen Science Network for the Amazon


The Citizen Science Network for the Amazon is growing. Welcome to todxs; it is a pleasure to collaborate with you! As of March 31, 2020, 20 organizations and 3 individuals from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the United States and France are members of the Network.  Amazon. Which fish were the most registered.

April 15, 2020

Citizen scientists and organizations sharing information


As of March 31, 2020, we are 229 citizen scientists using the Ictio application. More activists are doing registrations in Jutaí, Madeira, Madre de Dios, Pachitea, Putumayo, in the Amazon river and Tapajós. And together with the citizen scientists, eight institutions have integrated their data to the Ictio.org platform. These data make up our aggregated base and allow us to understand more about the fishing and fish in the Amazon Basin. Which fish were the most registered.


April 9, 2020

Ictio App: Monitoring Amazon fish

By Fish TV, Brazil


That there are migratory species, we know. But what if I said you could be part of mapping them? Now, the sport fishermen who download the Ictio application, an initiative of the Citizen Science for the Amazon project, will help generate a database that, among other purposes, contributes to the conservation of species.

April 7, 2020

Amazon Fish database integrates with Ictio.org

Amazon Fish/ Ictio


The Amazon Fish consortium integrates its fresh water fish database with the Ictio platform. Together with records from other sources, the data will be available as part of the Ictio database.

September 8, 2019

Monitoring app makes young indigenous into scientists citizens

Society for Research and Environmental Protection / SAPOPEMA


In Aldeia Solimões in a few months the students got used to the platform that integrates data on the migratory process of fish that sail thousands of kilometers and pass through the lakes of the indigenous community located on the left bank of the Tapajós River in the Tapajós/Arapiuns extractive reserve.

June 3, 2019

Professors teach curriculum subjects taking Amazonian culture into the classroom

By Julia de Freitas and Vanessa Eyng


Teachers from the municipality of Tefé, in the Amazon, started the activities of the pedagogical project Amazon Basin: Connectivity, Migration and Citizen Science in the classroom. The objective of the program is to develop citizenship and environmental education through themes known to students living in the Middle Solimões region of Central Amazonia.

May 31, 2019

Citizen Science Project brings together fishermen at Kanindé in Porto Velho

By G1 RO - Porto Velho


The Citizen Science project begins this Friday (31st), carried out by Ação Ecológica Guaporé.

The event will bring together about 30 fishermen from Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, with the objective of valuing their fishing monitoring experiences and generating reflections on the importance of the project. Meetings take place from May 31st to June 2nd at the Kanindé Training Center in Porto Velho.

May 22, 2019

With phone application Asháninkas strengthens fisheries monitoring

By Andina - Peruvian News Agency


Indigenous inhabitants of Pasco register migratory fish using Ictio application. Fishing monitoring in the Pichis River sub-basin, located in the Oxapampa province, Pasco region, is now carried out with the valuable contribution of technology, thanks to the "Citizen Science for the Amazon" initiative.

April 19, 2019

Students from the floodplain and the indigenous community share experiences in an Exchange in the Forest

Society for Research and Environmental Protection / SAPOPEMA


More than eight hours of travel separates the Solimões village and the Aracampina community in Santarém. Despite the long distance, students from the Citizen Science for the Amazon project met to share experiences on research and technology activities.

April 4, 2019

Young people from different ethnicities participate in the Citizen Science meeting in Tefé in AM

By: Samela Bonfim*


The Amazon has the largest diversity of fish in the world. With all this potential, many human predators are attracted to predatory fishing that poses a risk to the balance of the environment and extinction to some species.

To discuss this and other issues related to fishing, young students and fishermen from different indigenous communities and villages participated in a two-day meeting to evaluate the use of the Ictio application at the Brother Falco Training Center in the municipality of Tefé, in the central region of the State of Amazonas.

March 21, 2019

Riversiders identify microorganisms present in the water of the community lakes under a microscope.

Society for Research and Environmental Protection / SAPOPEMA


During a workshop that is part of the Cistern Program that foresees the training of families selected by the project in water management and environmental health, the residents of Costa do Aritapera saw the microorganisms. At this stage they were able to use a paper microscope from the Citizen Science project to analyze the quality of the liquid collected for their daily activities.

March 11, 2019

Instituto Mamirauá offers short courses on biology, ecology, data analysis and social studies.


The program of the Symposium on Conservation and Participatory Management in the Amazon (Simcon) was reinforced with the announcement of six mini-courses that will be offered during the event, between July 2 and 5, 2019. The courses are free and have themes that involve biology, ecology, data analysis, citizen science and demographic studies.

February 12, 2019

New technologies monitor Amazonian waters


Where and when do fish migrate and what environmental factors influence this migration? This question motivates the Citizen Science for the Amazon project to develop accessible technologies for collecting and sharing information in various locations. Water, the central element that connects the Amazon Basin, could not be left out. Four stations of the equipment developed by an American company for the Citizen Science for the Amazon project were installed in the Mamirauá and Amanã RDSs. 

January 31, 2019

XXIII Brazilian Meeting of Ichthyology is held in Pará

Society for Research and Environmental Protection / SAPOPEMA

From January 27 to 31, Belém hosted important discussions on fish studies. The event that brings together leading researchers on the subject is an idealization of the Brazilian Society of Ichthyology.

During five days hundreds of presentations, debates and scientific communications on fish in general were held. Key issues to understand the diagnoses of fishing throughout the country, the anatomy of fish and the policies that permeate the theme throughout the national territory.

January 16, 2019

Water quality will be monitored by a paper microscope by young riverside dwellers

Society for Research and Environmental Protection / SAPOPEMA

Enthusiastic, the young members of the Citizen Science Program in western Pará met this week a new research instrument: the ultra-affordable paper microscope.

Portable, durable and with optical quality similar to conventional microscopes, Foldscope enables students to access science, and encourages scientific exploration.

January 1, 2018

Fish in the Manu: Matsigenka Knowledge

Cocha Cashu Biological Station 

The matisgenkas communities of Tsirerishi and Tayakome located in the Special Use Zone of Manu National Park, are a fishing village, with a broad traditional ecological knowledge about fish and vast experience in fishing, in which they start from very young.  Together with them, San Diego Zoo Global-Peru and Wildlife Conservation Society has been developing since last year the project "Citizen Science for the Amazon".

December 26, 2018


UNIR's Ichthyology and Fishing Laboratory welcomes Madeira's Fishermen 

South-Western Amazon Biodiversity Study Group

Aiming to present the results of the work done by the laboratory in the region and to thank for the partnership of more than 20 years with the fishing colony.  


October 25, 2018

Application "Ictio" allows to register and share information on migratory fish of the Amazon.

By Vanessa Eyng


Communities in the regions of Médio and Alto Solimões, state of Amazonas, will start using the tool. The trainings were given by the Mamirauá Institute with more than 30 meetings to know and learn how to use Ictio. The application, developed by the Citizen Science for the Amazon project, allows the registration of fishing activities, with the creation of lists. The work focuses on 20 species of fish, chosen for their economic importance and the type of migration they carry out. 

May 7, 2018

Cientists join communities in collaborative research network 

Thadeu Melo,  Iquitos. Perú


The fish monitoring app was first tested in the Citizen Science for the Amazon Partners’ Meeting in Iquitos, Peru. The app’s usage will be implemented in a series of pilot sites throughout the Amazon basin.



May 3, 2017


Citizen Science: new app will study Amazon fishes in real time 

Yvette Sierra Praeli


The project gathered 34 organizations in order to launch an app aimed at widening the knowledge about conservation status of key fish species for food security and economic development in the region.



November 22, 2017    


Meeting on the Design of the Fish Monitoring App 



At the meeting, participants discussed the design of application in which fishermen (both professional and nonprofessional) will be able to record observations on fishing.    


September 25, 2017


Technical Meeting about Citizen Science and Water Monitoring



After two intense and productive days, the 30 participants from 16 different organizations, with different specialties and experiences, enthusiastically discussed about citizen science and water monitoring solutions to help us learn more about fish migrations and the environmental factors that influence them, involving local communities, the general public, decision makers and scientists.

July 7, 2017


New Amazon conservation project is presented at Symposium of Mamirauá Institute 

Mamirauá Institute


Mamirauá Institute organized the 14th Symposium on Conservation and Participatory Management in the Amazon. For three days, the event brought together 211 participants to attend the 80 scientific research exhibitions, through oral or poster presentations, as well as five lectures and three mini-courses. On the last day, Mamirauá and WCS launched the Citizen Science for the Amazon Project.


May 09, 2017


First Partner’s Meeting of Citizen Science for the Amazon Project     



The First Partner’s Meeting of Citizen Science for the Amazon Project took place in Lima in April 2017 and brought together thirty-five organizations. The event was an opportunity to learn about citizen participation in the construction of scientific knowledge and lay the groundwork for a collaborative project between scientists and citizens in the Amazon.



November 26, 2016    


AWI Seeks Input for Citizen Science Initiative



Under the the Amazon Waters Initiative, WCS is researching existing citizen science and participatory monitoring  projects in the Amazon Basin. 

We are interested in learning and sharing your experience.

WCS is currently gathering information on projects that use scientific techniques and rely on the collaboration of non-scientists in the Amazon Region.

We are particularly interested in an holistic approach focusing on waters, wetlands, and biodiversity, that is based on integrated river basin management. Citizen science is considered a critical part of this framework…




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