Interview with Deputy Director Toby McGrath: Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Interview with Deputy Director Toby McGrath during the workshop: Fisheries Development on the Lower Amazon Floodplain, Oct. 14-15, 2015. The Brazilian government had recently extinguished the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA), and the reporter asks Dr. McGrath what the proposals are regarding the responsibility of fisheries management. Dr. McGrath elaborates three options:

  • 1. Maintain the MPA, and place a greater emphasis on artisanal fisheries. This is the preferred option by workshop participants (mainly fishers)
  • 2. Separate artisanal fisheries, and place the responsibility in the Ministry of Rural Development (MDA)
  • 3. Place fisheries management under the Ministry of the Environment (MMA), which is good for conservation although it is not involved in development plans

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