Brazil Bans Destructive Bottom Trawling in Waters of Rio Grande do Sul | Oceana
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After campaigning by Oceana and our allies, the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in the south of Brazil just above Uruguay, has approved a law to ban bottom trawling in state waters. These new protections extend along the entire length of the state’s 620-kilometer coast and cover a distance out to 12 nautical miles (22.2 km) from shore. In total, an area of more than 13,000 square kilometers is now protected from bottom trawling, a destructive fishing technique. Brazil’s fisheries have been threatened by overfishing and poor management, and 90 percent of the state’s fish industries have closed in the last 30 years. As a result, the new protections were welcomed by both conservationists and fishers as a measure that would help restore the long-term health of Brazil’s fisheries.