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Issue No:82
  • :0973–1121
  • :February
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.82, February 2019

 

Brazil / Oil Spills

Oil and Uncertainty

The latest Atlantic tragedy reaches thousands in Brazil and remains unsolved


This article is by Cristiano W. N. Ramalho (cristianownramalho@gmail.com), Professor, Sociology Department, Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE),  Ormezita Barbosa (ormezita@gmail.com), National Executive Secretary, Conselho Pastoral dos Pescadores (CPP, Fisher’s Pastoral Council), Marcelo Apel (marcelo.apel@gmail.com), Conselho Pastoral dos Pescadores (CPP, Fisher’s Pastoral Council), Ceará and Piaui Region, and Maria A. Gasalla  (mgasalla@usp.br), Professor, Fisheries Ecosystems Laboratory (LabPesq/Oceanographic Institute), University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil


Oil spill disasters in the ocean often devastate marine and coastal ecosystems, profoundly affecting fisheries resources and fishing communities. Urgent and early-warning actions are needed to avoid a tragedy in biomes and communities when such accidents occur. In late-July 2019, Brazilian fishers alerted the first oil slick reaching the coast of Paraíba, weeks before the recognition of the biggest-ever oil spill disaster ever recorded in Brazil, extending across the entire Northeastern coast of the country. Their early voices were not properly heeded but those signals escalated...

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