Role of Fishing on Pantanal Conservation Studied

2 April 2012, at 1:00am

BRAZIL - A team of researchers from Embrapa Pantanal Fishing Resources, a unit of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), have published a study on the role of sustainable fisheries conservation in the Pantanal (wetland) region.

The paper, 'Fisheries: a strategic activity for the conservation of the Pantanal', questions the establishment of a five year moratorium for professional and amateur fishing.

According to the study, sustainable activity influences directly and indirectly the protection and conservation of the region.

In addition, researchers believe that fishermen have a kind of direct and indirect monitoring of stocks, both by the perceptions they have on fish and changes in the environment, and through studies that can be made based on landing data.

According to the study, the moratorium would result in the exclusion of sectors that rely on resources from fishing. For them, the ban could cause serious social and economic problems and also encourage illegal fishing.

For researchers, the solution is the planning, supervision and control of activities that can cause damage to the Pantanal. They also suggest the establishment of clear policies to regulate fishing in the entire Upper Paraguay River Basin.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report (Portuguese Only) by clicking here.