Accidents between artisanal fisheries and cetaceans on the Brazilian coast and Central Amazon: proposals for integrated management

Authors: 

Zappes, C.A., de Sa Alves, L.C.P., da Silva, C.V., de Freitas Azevedo, A., Di Beneditto, A.P.M., Andriolo, A.

Year: 

2013

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Ocean & Coastal Management

Volume (Issue #): 

85

Page #s: 

46-57

Contact information: 

Camilah Antunes Zappes Universidade Federal Fluminense, Instituto de Ciências da Sociedade e Desenvolvimento Regional, Departamento de Geografia de Campos, Rua José do Patrocínio, 71, Centro, Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro CEP: 28010-385, Brazil Corresponding author. Tel.: +55 22 2733 0310 camilahaz@yahoo.com.br
Summary: 

This study qualitatively describes accidents between cetaceans and fishing boats on the Brazilian coast and the Central Amazon region through the perception of artisanal fishers. From 2005 to 2010, 215 interviews were conducted. Fishers identified encounters with five species: Inia geoffrensis, Sotalia guianensis, Tursiops truncatus, Eubalaena australis, and Megaptera novaeangliae. They said accidents occurred due to animal curiosity, high speed swimming, and calve protection. The authors propose co-management with local members, researchers, and the government to encourage feelings of collective ownership within communities aiming to minimize the number of collisions.