As I sit here with a cigar in one hand and a caipirinha in the other, looking out over the Rio Negro, I can’t help but wonder where some people get the notion of “exclusive waters.”
You know what I’m talking about.
Some outfitter claims to have locked up part of the Amazon as their’s exclusively and says that there’s more fish there than anywhere else and folks buy into it.
Unfortunately, nothing could be further than the truth as there is no such thing as “exclusive waters” in the Amazon.
See the rivers in Brazil are just like the rivers in the US in that they are owned by the people. And as such, one or two people can’t just up and say, “This part’s mine.” That just wouldn’t fly and nobody would stand for it. Same thing in Brazil. An outfitter can’t claim that one section of river is his or his company’s. Sure that outfitter can say that they have “exclusive waters” but saying it don’t make it so.
Some outfitters promise that they have “exclusive waters” because they’ve made arrangements with the local Indians. While it’s true that arrangements can be made with the locals, none of these deals have anything to do with the river. They have to do with setting foot on that property.
Can you make an arrangement for that?
Think of it like this…
Nobody can come onto your property or in your house without your permission because you own them. If you wanted, you could charge people to step onto your property or charge someone to park a boat there but as for the area in front of your property – the area that you don’t own – well, you can’t charge somebody to use that because it’s not yours! What applies in regards to this hypothetical property is reality on the river in Brazil’s Amazon. You can’t charge somebody to use something you don’t own. Likewise you can’t make a deal for exclusive rights to a place with somebody that doesn’t own that place.
Again, you can say that you do but saying it don’t make it so.
As for where I fish…
I fish all over the Rio Negro…
And I catch the biggest Peacock Bass in all of Brazil’s Amazon.
I know this because I know Amazônia.
I’m Capt Peacock.
A vida é melhor vivida na Amazônia.