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Fishing Marine Litter: diagnosis of marine litter collected by artisanal fisheries in Bertioga-SP

Grant number: 21/10951-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2022
Effective date (End): August 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Oceanography
Principal Investigator:Leandra Regina Gonçalves Torres
Grantee:Nicole Russo Guerrato
Host Institution: Instituto do Mar (IMar). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Baixada Santista. Santos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:15/03804-9 - Environmental governance of macrometropolis paulista in face of climate variability, AP.PFPMCG.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):22/12013-9 - Addressing marine litter through multilevel governance: a comparative analysis between Australia and Brazil, BE.EP.MS


Marine litter is a highly visible problem nowadays. The gravity of this reality and the intensity of its impact on the marine environment has stimulated actions and discussions in various institutions and regional, national and international forums. Recently, the United Nations (UN) included strategies to address pollution at sea in the 2030 Agenda. In addition to the debate on the impact of marine litter at sea and on biodiversity, the amount of garbage in fishing nets has been producing situations of environmental conflict and harming the way of life of coastal communities. The subject is still poor discussed in the scientific literature, however, it is necessary to make efforts in the sense of (1) raising the available information on the subject, (2) evaluating the dimension of the problem for the communities, and (3) discussing solutions that can contribute to the sustainability and quality of life of coastal populations. Thus, this research seeks to carry out a systematic review on the subject and to elaborate a diagnosis on the environmental conflict generated by the accumulation of garbage in the sea for fishermen during trawl fishing in the municipality of Bertioga (SP). This research project is part of collaborative research efforts that seek to integrate science and public policy for a clean, fair, and healthy ocean.

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