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Post by Willem Heijns » Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:22 am

got this in the mail this morning:



Hi all,

I thought you might find it interesting that the headlines today in Manaus were taken by the arrest of Heiko Bleher and a companion photographer. Bleher is a figure of the aquarium industry and editor in chief of his own ichthyology journal/magazine Aqua, but has no real academic affiliation I am aware of. According to the newspapers, he and his companion were arrested in the Manaus airport yesterday trying to smuggle out fishes in formol and tissue samples in ethanol without the required permits from IBAMA (the environmental regulatory agency in Brazil). The fishes were collected in the Rio Negro and the two are also accused of collecting them without permits and without any formal collaboration with any academic institution in Brazil. Apparently IBAMA and the federal police had been studying Bleher's case for at least one year and it appears this is not the first time he attempts to illegally export fishes from Brazil. According to the newspaper, they are in jail but it is not clear what will happen to them.

Below are some links (in portuguese) that reproduce the press releases from several newspapers in Manaus.
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http://www.tribuna.inf.br/noticia.asp?noticia=pais03
http://portalamazonia.globo.com/noticias.php?idN=71654
http://noticias.terra.com.br/brasil/int ... 30,00.html


http://www.ibama.gov.br/2008/08/pesquis ... m-licenca/
Pesquisador alemão é preso ao tentar embarcar em Manaus com produto da fauna brasileira sem licença
Manaus (29/08/08) - Trabalho de investigação conjunta do Ibama e Polícia Federal resultou na prisão de Heiko Bleher, pesquisador alemão radicado na Itália, quando tentava embarcar hoje para Milão, Itália, no aeroporto Eduardo Gomes em Manaus, com amostras de tecido de peixes em álcool sem nenhuma autorização ambiental.

O pesquisador, que expõe projetos, publicações e expedições na internet, estava sendo investigado há um ano pelo Ibama e PF que acompanhavam os passos do alemão, suspeito da prática de biopirataria. Ao saber que ele ia sair do país, os agentes do Ibama e os policiais decidiram revistá-lo na hora do embarque e efetuaram o flagrante de transporte de produtos de fauna sem licença ambiental. Heiko e uma acompanhante foram presos e conduzidos à Delegacia da Polícia Federal de Manaus. Na sede da PF, a bagagem do casal foi examinada. Nela, os policiais encontraram duas sacolas com peixes fixados em álcool e formol.

De acordo com o Analista Ambiental James Bessa, do Núcleo de Recursos Pesqueiros da Superintendência do Ibama no Amazonas, todo o material foi apreendido e vai ser encaminhado ao Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) para realização de perícia. “São na maioria tecidos de peixes ornamentais coletados neste mês, nos rios Araca, Demini da Bacia do Rio Negro e no rio Jutaí da Bacia do Alto Solimões”. Também foram retidos para perícia um computador pessoal, câmeras de vídeo e aparelhos de medição encontrados com o pesquisador.

Bessa revela que algumas das espécies apreendidas ainda são desconhecidas da Ciência. O Ibama aguarda resultado do laudo para lavrar os Autos de Infração por coleta e transporte de material de fauna sem licença e tentativa de sair do país com material genético não autorizado, de acordo com os Decretos Federais 6.514/08 e 5459/05.

Ele alerta pesquisadores estrangeiros para que obtenham licença do Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa (CNPQ) do Ministério de Ciência e Tecnologia. Se o acesso ao patrimônio genético tiver por finalidade a realização de pesquisa com potencial de uso econômico, como bioprospecção ou desenvolvimento tecnológico ou envolver acesso a conhecimento tradicional associado, quem autoriza é o Conselho de Gestão do Patrimônio Genético (CGEN). Se o acesso ao patrimônio genético tiver por finalidade a realização de pesquisa científica sem potencial de uso econômico e não envolver acesso a conhecimento tradicional associado, quem autoriza é o Ibama, por meio do Sistema de Autorização e Informação em Biodiversidade (SISBIO).

Kezia Macedo – Ascom Fiscalização Ibama
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Re: some interesting news

Post by Gordon C. Snelling » Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:18 am

Well that sucks, keep us posted.

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Post by Klaus Steinhaus » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:39 am

Thank you for the information Willem. I guess things will catch up with you eventually.

Heiko was just here in Toronto and did two presentations at the zoo.

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Post by Lisachromis » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:53 am

Willem Heijns wrote:http://www.ibama.gov.br/2008/08/pesquis ... m-licenca/
Pesquisador alemão é preso ao tentar embarcar em Manaus com produto da fauna brasileira sem licença
Manaus (29/08/08) - Trabalho de investigação conjunta do Ibama e Polícia Federal resultou na prisão de Heiko Bleher, pesquisador alemão radicado na Itália, quando tentava embarcar hoje para Milão, Itália, no aeroporto Eduardo Gomes em Manaus, com amostras de tecido de peixes em álcool sem nenhuma autorização ambiental.

O pesquisador, que expõe projetos, publicações e expedições na internet, estava sendo investigado há um ano pelo Ibama e PF que acompanhavam os passos do alemão, suspeito da prática de biopirataria. Ao saber que ele ia sair do país, os agentes do Ibama e os policiais decidiram revistá-lo na hora do embarque e efetuaram o flagrante de transporte de produtos de fauna sem licença ambiental. Heiko e uma acompanhante foram presos e conduzidos à Delegacia da Polícia Federal de Manaus. Na sede da PF, a bagagem do casal foi examinada. Nela, os policiais encontraram duas sacolas com peixes fixados em álcool e formol.

De acordo com o Analista Ambiental James Bessa, do Núcleo de Recursos Pesqueiros da Superintendência do Ibama no Amazonas, todo o material foi apreendido e vai ser encaminhado ao Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) para realização de perícia. “São na maioria tecidos de peixes ornamentais coletados neste mês, nos rios Araca, Demini da Bacia do Rio Negro e no rio Jutaí da Bacia do Alto Solimões”. Também foram retidos para perícia um computador pessoal, câmeras de vídeo e aparelhos de medição encontrados com o pesquisador.

Bessa revela que algumas das espécies apreendidas ainda são desconhecidas da Ciência. O Ibama aguarda resultado do laudo para lavrar os Autos de Infração por coleta e transporte de material de fauna sem licença e tentativa de sair do país com material genético não autorizado, de acordo com os Decretos Federais 6.514/08 e 5459/05.

Ele alerta pesquisadores estrangeiros para que obtenham licença do Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa (CNPQ) do Ministério de Ciência e Tecnologia. Se o acesso ao patrimônio genético tiver por finalidade a realização de pesquisa com potencial de uso econômico, como bioprospecção ou desenvolvimento tecnológico ou envolver acesso a conhecimento tradicional associado, quem autoriza é o Conselho de Gestão do Patrimônio Genético (CGEN). Se o acesso ao patrimônio genético tiver por finalidade a realização de pesquisa científica sem potencial de uso econômico e não envolver acesso a conhecimento tradicional associado, quem autoriza é o Ibama, por meio do Sistema de Autorização e Informação em Biodiversidade (SISBIO).

Kezia Macedo – Ascom Fiscalização Ibama
Translation from babelfish.
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).

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Post by michi tobler » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:50 am

Klaus Steinhaus wrote:I guess things will catch up with you eventually.
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Post by Husky_Jim » Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:41 pm

Hello to all,

Sorry for not making a fish post (as being my first) but i would like to inform you about.

Currently Heiko and his wife Natasha are imprisoned without to been able to be contacted (Phones Off).

After contacting some Heiko's friends in Manaus we learned that they holding them until the trial date which is not defined yet and most probably they are accused not only for 'Biopiracy' but also for 'cheating authorities'-(this has to be confirmed).

This makes the situation 'strange' as it is clearly political driven and not from the so called "Protecting The Amazon".....

We started a petition for this in order to be send to IBAMA and Brazilian government as the least we can do for Heiko.

Please sign if you would like:

http://www.freeheiko.com

and/or

http://www.heikobleher.com


Thanks in advance and will keep you updated about,


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Post by Ken Davis » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:42 pm

The Brazilian government takse Bio-piracy very seriously. All you have to do is get the permits to be legal, Don't buck the system and you won't have this happen to you.
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Post by Mr.Firemouth » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:54 am

I signed the petition.
I appreciate what he has done for the hobby.
People make mistakes, and sometimes people just don't respect the "system" and suffer the consequences.

All in all, I like Heiko. I would hate to see him sit in a Brazilian jail. :?
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Post by Philippe Burnel » Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:27 am

He is not the first one and cannot say he was not aware of the risks.
http://fins.actwin.com/killietalk/month ... 00089.html

Personally, he is not among the people for whom I have the slightest esteem and his personality is very controversial within the hobby.
I do not sign.
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Post by Ken Davis » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:16 am

I have to agree with Philippe on this one. Ken
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Post by Juan Artigas » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:56 am

Thanks Willem

I can not say I am not sorry for what happened to Heiko, I hope he is able to solve things in the best and less painful way with the Brazilian government. He is a man with a very strong passion for what he does and that passion has made extensive contributions to fish knowledge, and surely took him to try to bend the rules. We fish lovers have extensively benefited from his passion. Certainly he makes no harm to people or nature with what he does and I wish that he would not be in the present situation.

On the other side he knew the risk he was undertaking and he is just experiencing the results of it, no sympathy on that part. We all take risks and have to be willing to cope with the results of our acts. We can not just say that because he has done extensive contributions to fish knowledge he is entitled to break the law of any country, less yet not his own country where he is a guest.

I have sympathy for the Brazilian government in having that kind of laws, they (as well as many other countries) were ignored for many years and their biodiversity taken out and used without their knowledge or consent. We should not forget that in the current order of the world (even if some governments don't really believe in this) each country has the right to administer their own resources in the way that best suits them. If you want to work with Brazilian biodiversity, you should be clear you have to play with the Brazilian rules for that, whether you like them or not. You are not entitled to act under your own opinion of how things should be, and if you do, bear the potential consequences.

I am sorry Heiko, I truly hope you get out of this soon and without more consequences, but I can not sign that petition.
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Re: some interesting news

Post by bobrfish » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:42 pm

Maybe there is no sympathy for Heiko,
how about Natasha Khardina, any sympathy for her?
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Post by Felipe Cantera » Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:47 am

bobrfish wrote:Maybe there is no sympathy for Heiko,
how about Natasha Khardina, any sympathy for her?
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So Natasha did not know about the smuggling?

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Post by cichla » Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:27 pm

Any news about the fate of them?

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Post by Juan Artigas » Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:27 pm

bobrfish wrote:Maybe there is no sympathy for Heiko, how about Natasha Khardina, any sympathy for her?
Don't take me wrong, I have sympathy for both of them. I hope they get settled with the Brazilian authorities soon and on their way back home in the less painful way. I hope this happening does not discourage them to keep doing exploration and research in the future, legally. I am not blind to the fact that they are an asset to the fish world. As it was mentioned before, we all make mistakes, and we have to face the consequences of our own acts.
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Post by Philippe Burnel » Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:36 pm

It seems he's free now (info from a french forum)

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Post by Marko Lenac » Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:55 pm

will he go on a black list of some kind?
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Post by Lisachromis » Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:13 pm

I guess we all wait and find out....

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Post by Felipe Cantera » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:54 am

Lisachromis wrote:I guess we all wait and find out....
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