Fisheries Catch Reconstructions for Brazil's Mainland and Oceanic Islands Freire, Kátia de Meirelles Felizola; Pauly, D. (Daniel)
Catch data are essential to the management of fisheries. In Brazil, the compilation and analysis of catch data from the marine fisheries, for various reasons, have always been a difficult issue. One of these reasons is the sheer size of the country, which ranges from the tropics (6°N) to the temperate area (34°S),i.e. from climate zone where multispecies fisheries predominate to a climate zone where single-species fish stocks can become so abundant as to support targeted fisheries. This wide range of ecological conditions, matched by a similarly wide range of cultural and economic conditions, is reflected in the different coastal states of Brazil. This is the reason why the reconstruction of the fisheries catches of Brazil were done by state-by-state, then added up. This is also the reason why the catch reconstruction for the Brazilian mainland has many co-authors, most of them contributing their state-specific knowledge of and perspective on ‘their’ fisheries. This Fisheries Centre Research Report also includes a contribution on the oceanic islands of Brazil, i.e. the St. Peter and St. Paul Archipelago in the Northeast, Fernando de Noronha off Recife and Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands in the Southwest of the Brazilian coast.
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