I read a nice article by Mr. Ivan Mikolji (Mikofish Organization - Venezuela). I have some comments and invite you to read the article (link herein provided).
The Rio Pavoni is located North of Puerto Ayacucho, in the immediate area of Pozo Azul, Pozo Cristal, CaÃ±o PargueÃ±a and other tributaries of the Atures Municipality microbasin. This was the most productive area for capture and export of Pterophyllum altum from Venezuela until about 6 years ago, when government policies regarding wildlife protection and exports started negatively affecting the already weak OTF trade in Venezuela.
The first organized exports of Venezuelan P. axelrodi and P. altum came from this area as of the early 60â€™s. It was much easier to capture cardinals and altum in Atures County (Puerto Ayacucho) than it was in Atabapo County. From here they were transported to Caracas for later export to Miami and the rest of the world. Still, until the late 70â€™s, this area was pretty remote, air transport was limited, and OTF cargoes frequently needed to travel down the Orinoco to Caicara and then by road to Caracas (over 12 hrs) or to Ciudad Bolivar (then by plane to Caracas).
It was around 1977, two or three years before my first trip to Puerto Ayacucho, that a modern Airport was put into service and jet planes could land. OTF exporters started to organize their businesses and there were a handful of successful operators servicing the U.S. and Europe.
By the early 80â€™s, Altum were still abundant all around Puerto Ayacucho and really, if that is what you were looking for, there was no need travel to San Fernando de Atabapo, which was pretty much further South and could only be reached by boat or privately chartered plane.
My first sighting in nature and collection of altum was in the upper leg of Pozo Azul, a stream located about a 20 minute drive north of Puerto Ayacucho. Back then, to get to Pozo Azul you needed a native from the area to tell you when to start slowing down and get off the roadâ€¦ You can park here! The man would say. You would get out of your vehicle and start to walk into the forest andâ€¦â€
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