MPA secures $1 million to improve shrimp catch


The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA) has ensured the participation of Brazil in the of sustainable management project of trawling fisheries bycatch in Latin America and the Caribbean (REBYC II – LAC).

The initiative, led by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which will invest $4 million over four years in grants to lost fund, will promote improved management and research processes to develop new technologies to reduce the environmental impact of discards and shrimp trawling waste across the country.

MPA secretary of fisheries planning and management Fabio Hazin reported the scientific community will address projects in Brazil and work development planning in an international workshop to be held on 17 September.

“The participation of Brazil is a demonstration that it is possible to transform the reality of fisheries management in the country with good ideas,” Hazin said.

In Brazil, the project will take place in seven locations in the states of Pará, Pernambuco, São Paulo, Santa Catarina, Parana and Rio Grande do Sul, and will begin early next month, with the transfer of half of the funds allocated to the country.

Hazin also stressed that the initiative demonstrates the determination of the MPA to update the fisheries sector through the generation of scientific data and information to “put the country at the forefront of fisheries management worldwide.”

Brazil will receive the funds that add up to BRL 12 million ($3.1 million) announced earlier this month at the launch of the Standing Management Committees (CPG), based on a cooperation agreement between the MPA and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The CPG has the mission to strengthen research activities to be carried out by GPC Scientific Subcommittees.

Besides Brazil, the REBYC II-ALC will be joined by Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The project will have four development areas: Legal and Institutional Framework; Responsible Fishing Practices; Livelihoods, Food Security and Nutrition, and Gender Issues; as well as Learning Sharing and Experience.

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