Hunting giant arowana in the Amazon River

At the Solimomes River, Amazon residents caught arowanas 5m long, weighing over 300kg. (Han Binh)

Every year, in November and December, in the Amazon region, in Brazil, there are festivals to hunt arowana, which is the largest fish in freshwater fish.

Every year, in November and December, in the Amazon region of Brazil, there are festivals to hunt arowana, which is the largest fish in freshwater fish .

Hunting arowana only takes place at the end of the year.  All the time other than November and December, residents are not allowed to catch arowanas.  The residents of the Amazon region strictly follow the government's regulations.

Hunting arowana only takes place at the end of the year. All the time other than November and December, residents are not allowed to catch arowanas. The residents of the Amazon region strictly follow the government’s regulations.

On the day of the arowana hunting festival, all the people of Rumao Island, residents of villages such as Porto Novo, Edson de Souza, Porto Novo, Diomessio Coelho Antunes… were eager for fish hunts on the Solimoes River.

On the day of the arowana hunting festival, all the people of Rumao Island, residents of villages such as Porto Novo, Edson de Souza, Porto Novo, Diomessio Coelho Antunes… were eager for fish hunts on the Solimoes River.

The Solimoes is a rather large river, the main tributary of the Amazon River.

The Solimoes is a rather large river, the main tributary of the Amazon River.

The section of the Solimomes River that flows through the Fonte Boa reserve is the domain of arowanas.  On this part of the river, arowanas are huge and crowded.

The section of the Solimomes River that flows through the Fonte Boa reserve is the domain of arowanas. On this part of the river, arowanas are huge and crowded.

The villagers divided into groups, with fishing gear to hunt giant arowana.  Only fish with a length of more than 1.5m are caught.  Arowanas that have not reached that size must be released.

The villagers divided into groups, with fishing gear to hunt giant arowana. Only fish with a length of more than 1.5m are caught. Arowanas that have not reached that size must be released.

The winner does not receive a prize of material value when he catches the biggest fish, but it is a great source of spiritual encouragement.  The most important thing is that the whole village can eat and drink arowana fish.

The winner does not receive a prize of material value when he catches the biggest fish, but it is a great source of spiritual encouragement . The most important thing is that the whole village can eat and drink arowana fish.

After each arowana hunting session, the whole village gathers to process arowanas into all kinds of grilled, fried, fried, and local dishes.

After each arowana hunting session, the whole village gathers to process arowanas into all kinds of grilled, fried, fried, and local dishes.

In the Solimomes River, Amazonians once caught arowanas 5m long, weighing over 300kg.

In the Solimomes River, Amazonians once caught arowanas 5m long, weighing over 300kg.

The people of the Amazon region have many ways of catching giant sea urchins.  They use nets, harpoons, casts, or traps to catch fish.

The people of the Amazon have many ways of catching giant sea urchins . They use nets, harpoons, casts, or traps to catch fish.

Arowanas live on the surface, coming to the surface to get oxygen to breathe, so it is easily caught by humans.

Arowanas live on the surface, coming to the surface to get oxygen to breathe, so it is easily caught by humans.

Arowana fish, also known as sea elephant, English name is paiche, arapaima or pirarucu (Arapaima gigas), is a freshwater fish native to the Amazon basin.  It is considered the king fish of the Amazon region.

Arowana fish, also known as sea elephant, English name is paiche, arapaima or pirarucu (Arapaima gigas), is a freshwater fish native to the Amazon basin. It is considered the king fish of the Amazon region.

Arowanas are easy to hunt, give delicious meat, so they are the object of intense hunting by humans.  As early as 1975, arowanas were listed as critically endangered.

Arowanas are easy to hunt, give delicious meat, so they are the object of intense hunting by humans. As early as 1975, arowanas were listed as critically endangered.

Many projects to develop, artificially breed, and then release into the wild to preserve this fish species have been carried out.  Millions of fingerlings have been released into the Amazon River.

Many projects to develop, artificially breed, and then release into the wild to preserve this fish species have been carried out. Millions of fingerlings have been released into the Amazon River.

Along with strict protection, people are only allowed to fish seasonally and catch large fish, the number of arowanas in the Amazon has increased rapidly.

Along with strict protection, people are only allowed to fish seasonally and catch large fish, the number of arowanas in the Amazon has increased rapidly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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