Fish bycatch caught by shrimp fisheries in Western Tropical Atlantic

This catalog was developed by the project Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl (REBYC II – LAC) funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The project includes Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, with the overall objective of reducing the negative ecological impact and achieve more sustainable shrimp bottom trawl fisheries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region through the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries, including bycatch and habitat impact management.

In Brazil, the situation of bycatch and discards of the shrimp trawling fishery were assessed at four study sites: Pará State in the north; Pernambuco State in the northeast; and Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul in south Brazil.

This study represents the efforts of laboratories from Federal Rural University of Pernambuco and Federal University of Pará, which focus on understanding the catch composition and biological aspects of bycatch caught by the shrimp artisanal fisheries in Barra do Sirinhaém, south coast of Pernambuco and by the industrial fishery based in Belém, Pará. It gathers information for each species caught by these fisheries into a catalogue containing their diagnostic characters, distribution, biology, global and regional IUCN Red List category status, and information regarding the material collected from both fleets. In addition, pictures from each species and drawings from each family are included.

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