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Generations of fishermen on the Brazilian coast of Bahia have depended on the ocean for their main source of protein and income.


Today, however, economic pressures and unsustainable practices have led to sharp declines in shrimp, crab and other economically important fish species.​

As a result, the Brazilian government has consulted smallholder fishermen, as well as indigenous groups native to the area, about plans for a protected marine reserve and potential restrictions on fishing areas.



Our role

In 2000, CI and partners supported six local communities in the creation of Corumbau Marine Extractive Reserve, an 89,500-hectare (221,163-acre) protected area that bans industrial and destructive fishing. The reserve is made up of both "no-take" zones, where fishing is off-limits, and extractive areas, where fishing is allowed.

By doing so, CI is involving smallholder fishermen in solutions.

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    Edit Item Text:CI provides jobs to local fishermen, like Albino Neves, who supervises a fish monitoring program that collects data in nine local communities. The more we learn about the connections between fish populations and the human populations that rely on them, the closer we can get to building truly sustainable fisheries — in Brazil and beyond.
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    Edit Item Text:When the reserve was created, a lot of fishermen were concerned that restrictions on fishing areas and “no-take” zones would decrease their catch and reduce the income they depend upon to provide for their families. In fact, the opposite turned out to be true. As fish populations boomed within the “no-take” zones, those populations spilled over into the extractive areas, where they were accessible to fishermen.
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      EditImage Alt Text:Coral reef in Viti Levu, Fiji, Oceania. © William Crosse