Minister Allicock makes donation toward Arapaimas’ rescue

Reblogged from GINA 26 Nov, 2016

GINA, GUYANA, Saturday, November 26, 2016
Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock handing over the money to Treasurer of NRDDB, Lakeram Haynes

Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock handing over the money to Treasurer of NRDDB, Lakeram Haynes

South America’s largest fresh water fish, the Arapaima, is rare and is protected by law in Guyana. Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs’, Sydney Allicock donated $25,000 to save the fish that are at risk of dying due to the Yupukari River and other waterways   drying up.

This situation was brought to the Minister’s attention during a meeting with the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB).  The money donated will go towards the purchasing of fuel for boats to go on rescue missions. Also, Conservation International (CI) will be contributing to the effort. The commitment was made by Technical Director of CI, Rene Edwards to provide the use of their vehicles.

The donation was received by treasurer of the NRDDB, Lakeram Haynes. Members of the NRDDB thanked Minister Allicock for his support to protect the fish and committed to acting as quickly as possible to rescue those affected.

By Isiah Braithwaite