Participative research on biodiversity (R.O.B.IN) in Uruguayan artisanal red shrimp fishery

Angel Segura

Shrimps trawling by-catch is a global threat to marine biodiversity. However, the use of selective gears allows an important fraction of fishes to escape, diminishing the negative impact of shrimp fishery on marine biodiversity. The aim of this project is to test with artisanal fishermen the efficiency of a recently developed reduction device in a zone with many endangered sharks and turtles. This would contribute to coastal biodiversity protection, involving local people in the monitoring of a recently created protected area, while promoting sustainable use of resources. Moreover, we will enhance local biodiversity expositions with scientific information gained during the project.