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Subsistence fishing and food security in coastal and Amazon riverine small-scale fisheries

Grant number: 18/22087-4
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - Brazil
Duration: March 10, 2019 - December 09, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Principal Investigator:Alpina Begossi
Grantee:Alpina Begossi
Visiting researcher: Priscila Fabiana Macedo Lopes
Visiting researcher institution: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). Centro de Biociências, Brazil
Home Institution: Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas em Alimentação (NEPA). Reitoria. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/16939-7 - Fishers and groupers [Epinephelus marginatus]: ecology, ethnoecology and food security in the Brazilian coast, AP.TEM


Subsistence fisheries, despite being widely ignored in official statistics and scientific studies, are one of the pillars of the food security of fishing communities, which tend to be socially vulnerable. This proposal targets the writing and submission of three scientific papers, which main goal is to partially fill some scientific gaps related to this type of fishery in the Brazilian fisheries science. Specifically, it intends to 1) revise, complete and publish the reconstruction of the historical catches of subsistence fisheries in Brazil since 1950; 2) infer changes from consumption to sale of high-valued species (namely, groupers), and 3) relate recent historical changes in the catches of top predators, including groupers, with the Brazilian fishing status. (AU)