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    Jarcave
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    #309171

    mickthefish
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    Jared, i know the brazilian gov are having a massive clamp down on fish leaving their country, surely Heiko got the nessasary documents to go collecting fish and exporting them either dead or alive.
    all pseudocanthicus except leopardus are on that list plus all baryancistrus are not to be exported.

    mick

    #309173

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Moved this to the lounge Jared.

    #309178

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Link to IBAMA news here.

    and Babelfish translation of that link from Portugese:

    German researcher is imprisoned when trying to embark in Manaus with product of the Brazilian fauna without license Manaus (29/08/08) – Work of joint inquiry of the Ibama and Federal Polícia resulted in the arrest of Heiko Bleher, consolidated German researcher in Italy, when it tried to embark today for Milan, Italy, in the airport Eduardo Gomes in Manaus, with fabric samples of fish in alcohol without no ambient authorization. The researcher, who displays projects, publications and expeditions in the Internet, was being investigated has one year for Ibama and PF that the steps of the German, suspected folloied of the practical one of would biopirataria. When knowing that it went to leave the country, the agents of the Ibama and the policemen had decided to revistar it in the hour of the embarkment and had effected the instant of transport of products of fauna without ambient license. Heiko and a companion imprisoned and had been lead to the Police station of the Federal Policy of Manaus. In the headquarters of the PF, the luggage of the couple it was examined. In it, the policemen had found two bags with fish settled in alcohol and formol. In accordance with the Ambient Analyst James Bessa, of the Nucleus of Resources Fishing boats of the Supervision of the Ibama in Amazon, all the material was apprehended and goes to be directed to the National Institute of Research of the Amazônia (INPA) for skill accomplishment. “They are in the majority weaveeed of ornamental fish collected in this month, in the rivers Arrack, Demini of the Basin of the Black River and in the river Jutaí of the Basin of the High Solimões”. Also a personal computer, cameras of video and found devices of measurement with the researcher had been restrained for skill. Bessa discloses that some of the apprehended species still are unknown of Science. The Ibama waits resulted of the finding to cultivate Files of legal documents of Infraction for collection and transport of material of fauna without license and attempt to leave the country with not authorized genetic material, in accordance with Federal Decrees 6,514/08 and 5459/05. Alert it foreign researchers so that they get license of the National Advice of Pesquisa (CNPQ) of the Ministry of Science and Technology. If the access to the genetic patrimony will have for purpose the accomplishment of research with potential of economic use, as bioprospecção or technological development or to involve access the traditional knowledge associate, who authorizes is the Advice of Management of Patrimônio Genético (CGEN). If the access to the genetic patrimony will have for purpose the accomplishment of scientific research without potential of economic use and not to involve access the associated traditional knowledge, who authorizes is the Ibama, by means of the System of Authorization and Information in Biodiversidade (SISBIO). Kezia Macedo – Ascom Ibama Fiscalization

    So-oo, it seems they’re saying that Heiko didn’t have the required paperwork to transport fish out of Brazil in any form. In his defence everything he had was preserved in alcohol/formalin as the specimens were seemingly potential undescribed species preserved for scientific purposes. They’re accusing him of bio-piratism which for a man with such a well-known and distinguished history does seem a little strong. One would also assume that Heiko has a full knowledge of Brazil’s laws and regulations regarding the transport of fish.

    However if there is an official law stating that international scientists/collectors must be accompanied by a Brazilian researcher in all cases then why did Heiko not follow those rules however new they may be?

    #309185

    Mark Duffill
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    It does seem odd that a person of his stature and knowledge didnt have the correct paperwork however new the rules/laws are

    #309189

    mickthefish
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    all i can say is no-ones above the law and serves him right.
    there’s still four brits in a brazilian prison for trying to smuggle zebra plecs outta brazil.

    mick

    #309206

    Malti
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    wow prison over fish….unless you’d put a great white in the president’s pool here, I don’t think you’d go to prison…

    #309211

    owls_79
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    QUOTE (mickthefish @ Sep 2 2008, 09:43 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    all i can say is no-ones above the law and serves him right.
    there’s still four brits in a brazilian prison for trying to smuggle zebra plecs outta brazil.

    mick

    That’s interesting, do you have any more info or links about the case?

    I wonder what role the (allegedly) high levels of corruption within many Brazilian government organisations would play in something like this. Maybe he p****ed someone off in the past and now they’re hitting him hard?

    #309224

    Mark Duffill
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    This is from PFK:

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    IBAMA said that the arrest came after a year-long investigation by IBAMA and the Federal Police who suspected that Bleher was a biopirate – a person who collects biological samples without permission and removes them from their country of origin to be studied or exploited elsewhere.

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    Jornal Do Brasil says that the explorers had no official permission to search for and capture animals, other than a photocopy of a document provided by the Brazilian Institute of Environment (IBAMA).

    So this doesnt seem to be a one off if its part of a year long investigation, the plot thickens

    #309232

    Matt
    Keymaster

    From a Brazilian newspaper:

    “The couple was litigated in instant for two crimes: transport without authorization of Brazilian species (Law 9605/98 of Ambient Crimes) and contraband and embezzlement, this foreseeing in the Brazilian Criminal Code.”

    #309241

    dunc
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    #309253

    pablito
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    I have to say that I laughed out loud when I read the appraisal of Herr Bleher’s alleged offences. Herr Bleher for all sorts of reasons has had a reputation for flying close to the wind in terms of his attitude to the indigenous fauna of the countries that he has visited over the past 4 decades. It surprises me not, that he has been collared under new legislative powers the Brazilian Government have implemented to protect their biodiversity.
    Whether he is guilty or not of the allegations he will, I’m sure, be proven to be guilty of the worse offence of ignorance of the law and complacency about the wind of change regarding Brazilian fauna. One has to remember that this man spent most of his informative years in South America with his mum http://www.ibama.gov.br/2008/08/pesquisado…ra-sem-licenca/

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    Jarcave
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    QUOTE (mickthefish @ Sep 2 2008, 10:43 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    all i can say is no-ones above the law and serves him right.
    there’s still four brits in a brazilian prison for trying to smuggle zebra plecs outta brazil.

    mick

    The link was emailed to me, to be honest I posted the link before I’d read the story properly.

    If he’s intentionally broken the law, then he deserves whatever the Brazillian courts see fit to punish him with. If it’s a genuine mistake, then too bad…..

    I wouldn’t be too suprised if the Brazilian government make an example of him though. After all, there are few higher profile fish collectors out there, if any?

    #309355

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Unlikely to be a genuine mistake in my opinion. Like Paul said, the guy has spent more time than most in Brazil.

    #309411

    Matt
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    He´s out now anyway according to PFK.

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