Trawling bycatch increases risk of marine life extinction in Brazil

Read the full story at Monga Bay.

Up to 50 kilos of fish caught in Brazil are thrown away for every kilo that arrives on land; more than 400,000 tons of marine life were discarded between 2000 and 2018 in just four states.

Less than 10% of the 25,618 fishing boats registered by the Brazilian government are monitored by satellites, and the program that tracks fishing boats by these satellites is not publicly open and not integrated with worldwide monitoring initiatives.

At the global level, 19 countries, regions and territories have prohibited trawling in their waters, including two in South America: Chile and Peru.

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