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Cabo Frio Begins Fish Statistics Project


BRAZIL - The Ministry of Fishing and Aquaculture (MPA) has signed an agreement with the Foundation Institute for Fisheries of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Fiperj), and the Prefecture of Cabo Frio to launch a project entitled 'Fishery Statistics'.

Cabo Frio has one of the largest fishing grounds in the Brazilian state, reports

The project, which will last 18 months, is part of a National Monitoring Plan for the consolidation of Fishing Statistics and National Aquaculture.

The initiative is part of Fiperj's 'Living from Fish' program, which includes carrying out regular reports on the status of fish landing sites in the municipality of Cabo Frio: Ilha da Draga, the fishing dock and Gamboa.

It will also look at the production of medium and large enterprises to determine the volume of fish caught, in addition to determining what species they are.

This information will allow for development grants and public policies, reports Revista Fator.

According to Felix Valentim, Director of Fishing at the Prefecture of Cabo Frio, "the statistical fishing data may make us think twice about some of the policies currently adopted in the municipality, since according to the MPA, fishermen are now classified as farmers and fishing is no longer a social practice, but rather an economic activity."

"We hope that the data can benefit mainly shrimp fisherman" and "contribute to the analysis of closure dates for most species," said Mr Valentim.

Cabo Frio is known for it's large production of sardine (Sardinella brasiliensis), mackerel (Scomber japonicus) and moon fish/ gallo (Selene spp.), among others.