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21 Aug 2014

Brazzil Mag

Brazil: Fishermen reportedly loosing livelihoods due to oil & shipping companies; Petrobras says it "appropriately compensates" them

"Rio Fishermen Complain Only a Handful of Fish Species Still Survive at Guanabara Bay", 5 Aug 2014

As Guanabara Bay gets ready to…competitions in the 2016 Olympics, one community is striving not to get completely run down in the process. Fishermen complain they are losing space…as the petroleum and shipping industry continues to grow. According to the chairman of Rio State Fishermen's Federation corporations operating in the bay are failing to compensate the fishermen for their loss of business. "This is the most appalling disregard for a bay that provides a source of food for so many people. Every day there are more and more companies operating on the bay, and the fishermen are getting pushed aside..." he said. Alves says he has not seen any improvement in water quality and complains many species of fish "are disappearing from the area."...According to the Ministry of Fisheries…corporations offer compensation for restriction areas created by technology projects…Petrobras, for example, says it conducts a "thorough impact study" before licensing any projects, adding that "the licensing authority sets compensatory measures and monitors implementation."…