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Brazil

Brazil is currently developing initiatives to strengthen the institutional and regulatory arrangements for the shrimp trawl fishery. These include: creation of the Standing Consultative Committee for the Management of the Shrimp Fishery, with its Scientific Subcommittee, and the formulation of the National Management Plan for the Sustainable Use of Marine Shrimps. The objective of the first initiative was to allow for co-management by giving fishing companies, fish workers’ associations and other stakeholders the opportunity to participate regularly in the decision-making process related to the management of the shrimp trawling fishery together with all relevant government bodies. The second initiative aimed at creating the basis to guide the management process. In addition, Brazil has several major policies and programmes that support and strengthen the artisanal fisheries sector.

For Brazil, the project will be a milestone towards the implementation of the ecosystem approach in the shrimp trawl fishery in the region, ensuring this important fishing activity can be done in a more selective and sustainable manner.

During the first phase of the REBYC Project in Brazil, the “baseline” for the present situation of the bycatch and discards in the shrimp trawling fishery was assessed in the 4 pilot sites: Pará State, in the north, Pernambuco State in the northeast; Paraná, Santa Catarina/ MPA Anhatomirim, and Rio Grande do Sul, in the south and southeast. Information included the main species caught, the amount of the bycatch and proportion discarded, and impacts of the trawling on the sea floor and benthic community. A socioeconomic assessment of the shrimp trawling fishery, with a focus on the use of the bycatch and the role of women was also carried out. Different models of Bycatch Reduction Devices are now being developed in all pilot sites, with some significant reduction of the bycatch.

Recent news from Brazil

Shrimp products are among the most valuable fisheries export in the world. As such, the shrimp trawling fishery is a crucial source of income and livelihood worldwide that employs thousands of people. However, while shrimp trawling is very effective in capturing target species, this activity is based on gears with...
05/08/2019
The Federal Institute of Santa Catarina (IFSC) - Campus Itajaí currently has an agreement with the Brazilian Navy to provide training courses for professional fishers and boat masters in the southern region of Brazil. In these courses, fishers, most of them already active, have classes such as navigation, salvage and...
02/08/2019
Written by: Dérien Lucie Vernetti Duarte The REBYC-II LAC Brazil group hosted fisheries biologist Daniel Foster, expert in bycatch reduction devices development and fisheries management from NOAA Fisheries, Mississippi. Mr. Foster came to facilitate a technical workshop with fishermen and researchers and a series of technical visits to Brazilian pilot sites. The...
01/08/2019
The main objective of the FAO REBYC-II LAC project is to reduce food waste/discards and to support livelihoods in fishing communities by improving the management and sustainable use of bycatch in the shrimp trawling fishery. One of the main innovations of the REBYC Project in Brazil was the application of...
31/07/2019
In Brazilian northern region, shrimp fishing (mainly pink shrimp, Penaeus subtilis) is done mainly by an industrial trawling fleet, of close to 100 boats (20m to 60 m LOA), which operates from Tutóia, Maranhão, to the Brazilian border with French Guiana, at depths ranging from 20 to over 60 m....
31/07/2019
The REBYC-II LAC team in Brazil was pleased to participate in the last meeting of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), for the Working Group on Fish Technology and Fish Behavior (WGFTFB) 2019 on Responsible...
22/05/2019
The Steering Committee of the REBYC-II LAC Project met on the 27th of February 2019, in Santa Marta, Colombia. During this event, a recount was made of the successes and challenges of the project. These have been recorded in the following video:  
11/03/2019
Presentation of the results achieved by the bycatch reduction devices tested in the shrimp-trawling fishery in Sirinhaém- PE, northeast Brazil, to the local fishing community. As part of the activities of the REBYC-II LAC Project in Brazil, various bycatch reduction devices have been tested by the project DEFA (Projeto de Dispositivo...
24/08/2018
UN House, Barbados 17-18 May 2018 The Shrimp and Groundfish Fisheries of the North Brazil Guianas Shelf are critical for local employment, food security and international trade but require a regionally coordinated effort if they are to transform into sustainable fisheries. Such was the main conclusion of the second meeting of the...
06/06/2018
As a part of the REBYC II-LAC Project in Brazil, a socioeconomic assessment of the artisanal and industrial shrimp-trawling fishery was performed from Espírito Santo to Rio Grande do Sul states, including particularly the identification of discards, the possible use of the bycatch and the role of women in local...
24/05/2018
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