Artisanal and industrial fishermen from Rio Grande do Sul deliver letters to presidential candidates asking them to bring back the fish stock maintenance policy dismantled by Jair Bolsonaro’s government and put an end to harmful trawlers around the world. Till this week the document was signed by 25 organizations. Flotillas from Santa Catarina and other states fish off the coast of Rio Grande do Sul.
Trawling in RS was prohibited by a 2018 state law, but was eventually lifted by an injunction from Cassio Nunez (STF) appointed by Bolsonaro at the end of 2020. As O. Eco testified, the government declared that this measure protected the sovereignty of the Union. over the territorial sea and that similar laws would apply. Whale. Amapa, Rio de Janeiro, Alagoas, Rio Grande do Norte, Maranhao, Ceara, Para, São Paulo and Pernambuco also restrict the use of trawlers.
To date, the Secretariat of Aquaculture and Fisheries has not regulated trawl fisheries in the RS, and the STF has not assessed the legality of state laws for this type of fishery. In late April, the Federal Court in RS granted a request from the State Attorney General’s Office and issued an injunction suspending trawler permits. The measure ran counter to Cassio Nunez’s injunction and increased pressure to have the matter ruled by the Supreme Court.