Fernando de Noronha’s Shark Project: Participative Fisheries Monitoring in Brazil

José Garcia Junior

Fernando de Noronha is an important shark nursery in the equatorial Atlantic that was commercially exploited for five years. Although part of the local population considers sharks as important ecotourism resources, juveniles are still captured during the birth season. Two species found there are listed as Data Deficient by IUCN and Vulnerable by the Brazilian Red List. A shark management plan will be concluded in June 2007 as part of an ongoing research. This proposal aims to train agents of fisheries monitoring among the local community to record the shark catch and evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed measures.