MYTH: Exclusive Rights to Fish Exclusive Rivers.
FACTS: Walk away from outfitters that promise exclusive fishing areas, as there is no such thing in Brazil’s Amazon. The constitution of Brazil allows all citizens to navigate through any waters of Brazil ao long as the Maritime Brazilian Authority laws are obeyed. The only exception to this deals with waters located within an Indigenous Reserve area. Those that live there, may restrict access to anyone without specific permits issued by specific federal departments of Brazil and never, ever, with the allowance of a commercial exploration unless made by the community and for their own subsistence. In other words, if an Indian community is located inside of a Federal reserved area, the Indians can use and explore the waters and land to their own subsistence, but again, never ever to any commercial purpose, only for their own subsistence. (more…)