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Agreements made between Itaipu, Unioeste (State University in the West of Paraná) Toledo campus, and the Ministry of Fishing and Aquaculture has made it possible to set up and maintain a research station with 70 tank-nets in the Biological Reserve of Santa Helena, which is one of the only places in the country doing research work and improving the fish farming techniques with native species in tank-nets and another station in the area of the Itaipu plant with 90 tank-nets with a lab. There is another station in the area of the Itaipu plant with 90 tank-nets that has a lab with it.

These researches have a strict relation with the fish farmer’s routine, which has generated a practical knowledge for improving this aquaculture technique. Unioeste is also the partner of the actions for monitoring icthyoplankton, recruitment rate of fish species, and mapping of the preferred areas for the reproduction and development of the fish along with other actions in the area of icthyofauna.

A germoplasm bank was created through an agreement with UEM (Maringá State University) that has the main purpose of storing genetic material of native fish species. This bank today has 630 frozen semen doses related to 9 species.

Other important information for understanding the aquatic environment comes from monitoring small-scale and sports fishing, which results in fish stock studies and monitoring of approximately 180 species in the Itaipu reservoir.

Banco do Brasil within its line of social inclusion programs has included helping two cities and around 50 fishermen and more than 50 fish farmers with credits toward the Sustainable Rural Development program. The development of this program took place together with Itaipu, colonies of fishermen, Emater, unions, and city administration.

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