Interactions between gillnets and juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas): problems and possible solutions for small-scale fisheries in southern Brazil

In Paraná, south of Brazil, Small Scale Fisheries are an important source of incomes for communities living close to the coast and are mainly using gillnets (Robert et al. 2011; Andriguetto-filho et al. 2009). The area is also known for being an important feeding ground of juvenile of green turtle (Chelonia mydas) (López-barrera et al. 2012). Fishermen, scientists and environment managers working in Paraná have been interviewed during the month of April 2014 in order to assess their knowledge about gillnet interaction with sea turtles. An underestimation of the total amount of turtle caught per year in Paraná was given by the three groups interviewed making difficult to take proper management action to protect this species. Also, from literature review, and laws already existing in Brazil, some suggestions are made to promote co-management and involvement of fishermen and other stakeholders in order to develop in the long-term a sustainable reduction of capture and mortality of sea turtle.

ISCED Categories

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0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0831 - Fisheries