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The ornamental fish industry in Guyana even small but is relatively active. Live fish are caught in riverain areas and carried out by licensed collectors who use craft powered by outboard engines, and varying types of fishing gear (dragnets/seines, dipnets, pin-seines). Typically, the catch is sold to named exporters of ornamental fish whereas the fish are exported mainly to the U.S.A. as well as to Canada and Europe. The main fish species caught and traded in Guyana include the “lemon fin”, the “busty nose” and “the “red tail pleco”. It may worth noting that in Guyana, the Iwokrama International Centre in partnership with the North Rupununi District Development Board has been working to develop a sustainable, community-based aquarium fisheries business in the Rupununi wetlands, central Guyana. The project has been designed to generate revenue for indigenous communities especially from the area’s extraordinarily high fish diversity.