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Brazilian ministry asks for an end to the list of endangered aquatic species

Friday, April 26th 2019 - 09:37 UTC
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The list includes many commercially valuable species and, as conservation organization Oceana described, “sparked discord” among conservationists The list includes many commercially valuable species and, as conservation organization Oceana described, “sparked discord” among conservationists

Brazil's agriculture minister has asked the minister of the environment to suspend the country's list of threatened and endangered aquatic species. “It's hurting fishermen”, Jorge Seif Júnior argued and will have a significant negative impact on the fishing economy.

It's not the first time Brazil's 'red list' of threatened fish and aquatic invertebrates, first published in 2014, has met criticism. The list includes many commercially valuable species and, as conservation organization Oceana described, “sparked discord” among conservationists and fishers. It was suspended and restored by judges several times following publication and was finally reinstated in full in 2017.

Justifying his request for yet another suspension, Seif Júnior questioned the methods by which the list was created, saying, “Brazil should be guided by its own criteria for defining and adopting public policies that will affect the fauna and all Brazilians, and not by the criteria of international NGOs.”

His office went on to say that it supports environmental conservation, but in a way that's economically, socially, and biologically sustainable:

“Simply preserving marine species without thinking about the whole ecosystem is not effective to either the fishing industry or the human wellbeing of those who work as fishermen in this country.”

Scientists think the request is ludicrous. The list is based on the most up-to-date statistics available – which are admittedly outdated, since Brazil hasn't published national fisheries data since 2011, and that was using data from 2008.

Folha de Sao Paulo quoted Fabio Motta, a marine ecology and conservation researcher from the Federal University of São Paulo. Motta said the list was compiled by experts from across the country and takes into account data such as population decline over time and decrease of geographic distribution.

Anna Carolina Lobo, coordinator of WWF-Brasil's marine and coastal Atlantic forest program, called the list “very important” and thinks Brazil needs to put its own fishing situation into a global perspective.

“The fishing industry [and] economic development is already impacted, and it is not because of environmental safeguard measures, but because of unbridled overexploitation. The situation of stocks of greater commercial value threatened is not only here in Brazil, it is in the whole world.”

Categories: Agriculture, Environment, Brazil.

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  • DemonTree

    Know what hurts fishermen more than quotas and limits? No fish.

    Things like this are the reason people who care about the environment didn't want to see the Environment and Agriculture Ministries merged. If they had been, the agriculture minister wouldn't even need to ask, the ministry could have just gone ahead and changed things with no opposition.

    Apr 27th, 2019 - 01:06 pm 0
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    @DT

    REF: Environment and Agriculture Ministries merged

    I think that this merger really is a GREAT idea! If they destroy the environment, there may not be any rain-forest which means that there may not be any rain and as a consequence, there may not be any agriculture!

    When THAT happens; they can't point a finger to some OTHER ministry or any other group, association, etc!

    But that too is NO Big Deal! Brazil, of course, CAN import food-products from their friends [the US of A?]

    REF: “Know what hurts fishermen more than quotas+limits? No fish”:

    The fishermen can be the Farmers if there are no fish!

    Apr 29th, 2019 - 02:18 am 0
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