Sustainable Fisheries Management Specialist (Freshwater Shrimp)

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Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, fisheries engineering, or related field and an advanced level of Spanish is requested to serve as a Sustainable Fisheries Management Specialist (Freshwater Shrimp) with the Hunting Reserve Coto de Caza “El Angolo” (CCEA) in Piura, Peru. CCEA is a Natural Protected Area (ANP), with an area of 65000 hectares, including areas where CCEA is promoting the sustainable use of natural resources such as the “Chicama” freshwater shrimp (Macrobrachium spp.). There is currently an agreement for the conservation of the “Chicama” freshwater shrimp through sustainable use of acceptable fishing techniques without using toxic products, but the organization lacks the technical and scientific capacity to calculate the ideal fishing quotas. The assistance of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) has been requested to train the organization team in new and better ways to calculate the fishing quotas, which will result in sustainable practices and improve the income of the target population.

The Peace Corps Response Volunteer, with 2 years of experience in fish or freshwater shrimp farming, will work with the team at CCEA to establish a base line study for the “Chicama” freshwater shrimp to determine appropriate volume and quotas for the extraction of the freshwater shrimp. The PCRV will also train members of CCEA, the National Service of Protected Areas Under State Protection (SERNANP), and community members on cultivation of freshwater shrimp, as well as facilitating a viability study of the species in controlled and artificial environments in order to establish a level of extraction that can increase the income of the community members involved. The overall goal of the assignment is to help CCEA to maintain sustainable numbers of the “Chicama” freshwater shrimp and generate income for the local community members who have obtained fishing permits to formalize their fishing activity.

Partner Information

Hunting Reserve Coto de Caza “El Angolo” (CCEA)

Required Skills

• Bachelors in Biology, Ecology, or Fisheries Engineering
• Two or more years’ experience in fish or freshwater shrimp farming
• Advanced in written and spoken Spanish

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations

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