By Fabiano Maisonnave
The Associated Press 

Fish leather business provides income for Amazon families


November 9, 2022

AP Photo/Jorge Saenz

Manuel Cunha Da Lima raises a pirarucu fish at a lake in the Amazonia State of Brazil, on Sept. 5. Pirarucu can grow to nearly 10 feet in length, and Indigenous communities working together with non-Indigenous settlers manage the pirarucu in preserved areas of the Amazon, harvesting the fish for food and, in a recent development, to make fish leather.

TRES RIOS, Brazil (AP) - Sometimes you start something and have no idea where it will lead. So it was with Eduardo Filgueiras, a struggling guitarist whose family worked in an unusual business in Rio de Janeiro: They farmed toads. Filgueiras figured out a way to take the small toad skins and fuse them together, creating something large enough to sell.

Meanwhile miles away in the Amazon, a fisherman and a scientist were coming up with an innovation that would help save a key, giant fish that thrives in freshwater lakes alongside Amazon River tributaries.

The ingenuity of these three men is w...

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