A traditional floodplain fishery of the lower Amazon River, Brazil

McGrath, D.G. and da Silva, U.L. and Crossa, N.M.M. (1998) A traditional floodplain fishery of the lower Amazon River, Brazil. Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly, 21(1), pp. 4-11.

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This paper describes fishing activities of households in four communities located in a floodplain lake system of the lower Amazon river. An average of 42 households were interviewed about their fishing activity on a monthly basis. The fishery is a typical multi-gear, multi-specific artisanal fishery. Approximately ten types of fishing gear are utilized, of which the three main types of gillnets account for 51% of the total catch. The catch per trip averaged 15 kg, for an annual total of 2,295 kg per household. Some 40 species or groups of species are caught, although four species account for 50% of the total. There is a strong seasonal pattern to the fishery, with catch per trip and catch per unit effort (CPUE) highest in the low water season (September-November). While there are marked differences between subsistence and commercially oriented fishing strategies, these differences are more in degree than in type, since fishers use the same types of gear and most fishers regularly sell part of their catch.

Item Type: Article
Title: A traditional floodplain fishery of the lower Amazon River, Brazil
Personal Creator/Author:
McGrath, D.G.
da Silva, U.L.
Crossa, N.M.M.
Journal or Publication Title: Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly
Volume: 21
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 4-11
Date: 1998
ISSN: 0116-290X
Issuing Agency: WorldFish Center
Uncontrolled Keywords: Flood plains; Small scale fisheries; Sociological aspects; Amazon River; Brazil
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 9338
Depositing User: Mr William Ko
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2012 06:54
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2012 06:54
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9338

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