alexa Co-Management of Reef Fisheries of the Snapper-Grouper Complex in a Human Ecological Context in Brazil
Agri and Aquaculture

Agri and Aquaculture

Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development

Author(s): A Begossi

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Most commercially important reef fish are late maturing species and have slow growth, being thus vulnerable to overfishing. In Brazil, coastal artisanal fishers usually depend upon reef fishes, such as groupers (Serranidae) and snappers (Lutjanidae), because these fish attain higher market values compared to other fishing resources. Most of these local and small-scale coastal fishers are located in high biodiversity areas, such as the Atlantic forest coastal remnants. Therefore, the management of artisanal reef fisheries faces a dilemma regarding the economic and ecological contexts: to conserve fish stocks (avoid their depletion) or to catch fish to fulfill immediate economic needs. Drawing from examples of different fisheries from northeastern to southern Brazilian coastal sites, we described this dilemma and provided management suggestions, aiming to allow the development of sustainable artisanal fisheries.

This article was published in Sea Grant and referenced in Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development

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