Satellite image of Amazon River. Photo by NASA​

A new study published in the journal Fish and Fisheries has linked fish population to the amount of forest surrounding the body of water in the Amazon River basin. Although the study isn't cichlid specific, it can be assumed that cichlid populations are also affected by deforestation in the Amazon region. Although the negative effects of reducing the amount of rain forest is know, it doesn't always have a direct and monetary impact in the local area. Since the Amazon River is a source of food and income in the area, declining fish populations will have an economic impact in the area. This impact can be measured and used to offset the economic benefits of deforestation. As an added benefit native cichlid species will be protected as well. To see the study visit SCRIBD.