Amazon Research Center for Ornamental Fishes

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The Amazon Research Center for Ornamental Fishes (ARCOF) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, established in the United States and governed by a board of directors.

ARCOF is the first research facility devoted solely to the study of ornamental fishes sited on land located in the Peruvian Amazon. This land, located 10 kilometers southwest of Iquitos, Peru, is the ideal location for the research center as natural springs flow year round and this area is not subject to the seasonal dry months typical of most Amazon regions.

Through ongoing education and hands-on training the local fishermen will be able to establish and maintain breeding ponds for ornamental fishes thus creating a long-term, balanced ecosystem that serves the local economy and enhances and protects the environment.