Amersfoort, The Netherlands – October 30, 2020 – It is with great pleasure that OFI announces Mr Scott Dowd, co-founder of Project Piaba, the 2020 OFI Award for his work with Amazonian ornamental fisheries and sustainable livelihoods for the indigenous people of the Amazon.
Scott Dowd has dedicated years to research in the sustainable livelihoods of high-value aquarium fish for people residing in areas of critical biological importance to thrive in a way that makes it a viable way to preserve the Amazon tropical forests and waterways. Project Piaba works with fishing communities, providing training and mentoring to improve fishing techniques and supply chain logistics which improves livelihood outcomes for indigenous people, as well as promoting these fish to markets in the USA and beyond. Scott has published widely, including the OFI Journal on Project Piaba's work and is recognised widely for his work in the industry. His tireless work in developing and promoting sustainable collection in the Amazon to help provide sustainable livelihoods for indigenous peoples is highly commendable and he is well respected in the industry for these contributions.
The award was presented during a OFI quarterly members meeting held online at which Scott was making a presentation about his work. OFI President Shane Willis said “Scott is a very deserving candidate of the award, he has worked tirelessly on Project Piaba as well as various other works towards promoting the industry and bringing public aquariums and the hobby sector together, we thank Scott for his contributions to our industry. His tireless work in developing and promoting sustainable collection in the Amazon to help provide sustainable livelihoods for indigenous peoples is to be applauded and we look forward to continuing to work with him into the future.”
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