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Brazil's New Fisheries Ministry Shows Commitment

by the Fish Site Editor
06 July 2009, at 1:00am

BRAZIL - Brazilian president Lula da Silva sanctioned last week the bill which confers the Special Secretariat of Aquaculture and Fisheries, SEAP, the status of ministry, enacted to boost the fishing sector and develop the countrys maritime and fluvial potential.

According to MercoPress, the new ministry is responsible for national fisheries and aquaculture polices, including production, transport, processing, trading, supply, storage among others.

The creation of the new ministry is part of the Brazilian government long term strategy to increase fisheries production by 40 per cent in the next three years, says the news organisation.

Altemir Gregolin, head of SEAP was confirmed as the first Brazilian Fisheries minister.

“The creation of the Fisheries and Aquaculture ministry means the consolidation of long term government policies for Brazilian aquaculture and fisheries potential, besides clear evidence of the government’s commitment to the sector’s activities”, said Gregolin.

the Fish Site Editor