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

Samudra Report No.82, February 2020


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 (, Professor, Sociology Department, Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE),  Ormezita Barbosa (, National Executive Secretary, Conselho Pastoral dos Pescadores (CPP, Fisher’s Pastoral Council), Marcelo Apel (, Conselho Pastoral dos Pescadores (CPP, Fisher’s Pastoral Council), Ceará and Piaui Region, and Maria A. Gasalla  (, 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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