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Memory - I State Seminar of the National Campaign for the Regularization of the Territories of the Traditional Fishing Communities: 19 October 2012

RJ - I State Seminar of the National Campaign for the Regularization of the Territories of Traditional Fishing Communities: 19 October 2012

Published 11 / 10 / 2012

Date: 19 October 2012
Location: Rio de Janeiro State University - UERJ *
Time: 08: 30 at 18: 30

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Presentation “Environmental Justice and Injustice” - by Chico Pescador - please click here

Presentation by Eduardo Barcelos, from the Working Group on Agrarian Affairs - AGB Rio de Janeiro Niterói - please click here

Fishermen and artisanal fishers have traditional ways of living and dealing with nature, have deep rooted history and culture that are passed down from generation to generation. Fishing is more than a profession, it is a way of life where work is free and has an autonomous and collective regime. Knowledge of nature is the main base of support. The identification of nature is part of the collective memory, the places of land and water necessary for the physical and cultural reproduction of fishing populations. The main characteristic of the artisanal fisherman's being is his traditionality, the way of living and relating to nature. They have their own values ​​and develop knowledge and techniques that ensure the sustainability of their families and fish stocks, ensuring the food support of Brazilian society. The traditional fishing community brings some important ideas that define it: freedom, autonomy and independence. It is the free and autonomous exercise of resource appropriation from ancestral family knowledge that characterizes the fisherman and the artisanal fisherwoman.

The families of fishermen and artisanal fishers generally own their means of production, having the necessary equipment to carry out the activity, such as nets, small boats, motors, etc. The workforce is also carried out by the family and / or collective work groups, and is also a unit of production, consumption and sharing. The fishing communities, although considered traditional, do not have ownership of the territory, which is used collectively, covering the spaces of water and land, such as rivers, dams, lagoons and sea, lands of waterfront etc. They have a set of rules and behaviors experienced with the community for the use of natural resources.

In Brazil, artisanal fishing is responsible for almost 70% of the country's fish production, with an important contribution to food sovereignty, besides guaranteeing the economic income of more than one million families. Rio de Janeiro, in turn, has an important highlight in this production (with about 30.000 to 60.000 annual tons). There is also a large number of fishermen and artisanal fishermen from Rio de Janeiro.

At this moment of the current Brazilian development articulated with the globalization of the economy, the ideas of modernization and implementation of large enterprises are strengthened, highlighting in Rio and January the following projects: expansion of the Sepetiba-Itaguai industrial park, implementation of the Sudeste Superport, Porto Açu , COMPERJ, Guanabara Bay Gas Terminal, expansion of REDUC, expansion of real estate and tourism capital. All these endeavors multiply the exploitation of natural resources. In this context, several territorial conflicts arise (major interests of companies, enterprises and governments that aim to appropriate the territory of land and water). In the Rio de Janeiro area, it is noteworthy the expansion of large enterprises and the reduction of fishing areas due to several factors such as: containment area for fishing and navigation due to new enterprises, areas of anchorage of vessels; industrial chemical pollution, lack of basic sanitation and presence of solid waste; enclosure of marine areas, rivers and lagoons by companies, expansion of urbanization; construction and expansion of ports; expansion of violence suffered by fishermen's leaders.

We must deny the fisherman and artisanal fishing as an important activity for the Brazilian and Fluminense economy and dispute their territories. It is in this context of modernization and territorial conflicts that the traditional fishing communities of national scope and their local and regional characteristics of Rio de Janeiro come together to affirm their cultural identity, their political and economic importance for Brazilian society. In this sense, the territory of artisanal fishing is fundamental, it is its guarantee of existence. This territory is a space for living, working and living where it reproduces socially, culturally and economically. It is the appropriate and used space, where knowledge and societal relations materialize, based on knowledge acquired and passed on from generation to generation.

In this way, we invite all fishermen of Rio de Janeiro, as well as civil society and political society (social movements, public power, teachers, researchers, students, residents) to discuss and propose contributions to the delimitation of the fishing territories in Rio. January and be part of the national campaign.


1. Appreciation of fishermen and fishing communities.
2. Recognition of knowledge and knowledge in the production of a sustainable economy.
3. Understanding the contribution of the artisanal fisherman to food sovereignty.
4. Recognition of the territory where the fisherman lives, circulates and works.


  1. Build and strengthen the national debate, in Rio de Janeiro, of the social struggle of artisanal fishermen for social rights and the right to the territory; and
  2. Strengthen the struggle of artisanal fishermen with social movements for the recognition of the artisanal fisherman's role, its importance in environmental sustainability and food security e. also strengthen fishermen's institutions and through a network structure that allows permanent dialogue and purposeful action.


  1. Launch in Rio de Janeiro, the national campaign of delimitation of fishing territories, with the creation of a regional network for the dissemination and structuring of signatures with the society of Rio de Janeiro;
    2. unite and bring together fishermen, institutions and social movements in understanding the reality of artisanal fishing in Rio de Janeiro and propose guidelines and guidelines for coastal management and fisheries planning;
    3. affirm the identities of fishing communities, with the purpose of empowering themselves in the defense of their territory and in the consolidation as an articulated and recognized community in the face of society;
    4. know and enforce laws to secure traditional fishing territories; and
    5. conquer a legal instrument that recognizes and regularizes traditional fishing territories.


Popular initiative law regulating the territorial rights of fishing communities. You will need the signature of 1% of the Brazilian electorate: 1.385.000 signatures (one million three hundred eighty five thousand).


08: 30 - Arrival and Accreditation
08: 30 - Opening Table
09: 00 - 11: 00 - Desk 1 - Development, Territory and Traditional Communities
11: 15 - 13: 00 - Table 2 - Thinking Rio de Janeiro - Modernization and Fishing Territories
12: 30- 14: 00 - Lunch
14: 00 - 16: 00 - Regional WG Working Groups
16: 00 - 18: 30 - Table presentation of GTs and referrals from Rio de Janeiro

Regional Working Groups:

Southern Region (Conception of Jacarei to Parati)
Sepetiba Bay Region
Guanabara Bay Region
Coastal Region of Rio de Janeiro City
Lakes Region
Northern Region
* São Francisco Xavier Street, 524, Luis Lyra Filho Pavilion - Maracanã - 13 Auditorium.



The National Campaign for the Regularization of Territories of Traditional Fishing Communities is mobilizing fishermen from Brazil.

The National Campaign for the Regularization of the Territory of Traditional Fisheries Communities will be launched in Rio de Janeiro, on 19 October, at 8h, at the Luiz Lyra Filho Pavilion, with the presence of representatives of the Fishermen's Movement, from local authorities. , of fishermen, students and teachers of the State University of Rio de Janeiro, which is the institution that organizes the event in the city.

The Movement of Fishermen and Artisanal Fishermen launched in Brasilia in June, this Campaign with 2 thousand fishermen, in order to regularize the land and waters of traditional fishing communities. These communities have been suffering from various types of violence for decades, but mainly the loss of their places of residence, work and cultural practice for large enterprises. This situation intensifies and worsens as the Government under pressure from entrepreneurs and landowners seeks to make environmental legislation more flexible in order to favor the expansion of agribusiness and hydro-business including in the areas of permanent preservation, mangroves and riparian forests, as well as with conservation units (RESEX and RDS).

Within the various objectives of the Campaign, we can cite the mobilization of fishermen and fishermen knowing their social rights and affirming their fishing identities; fishing communities consolidating their articulation and recognizing themselves in front of society; empowering communities to defend their territory; promote a debate demonstrating the viability of the fisheries economy; guarantee social survival and reproduction, with a higher quality of life than the model of capitalism; the society embracing Campaign; fishing communities knowing and enforcing laws to secure traditional fishing territories; and a bill that regularizes the territories.

In order to achieve these goals, several actions are being carried out throughout Brazil, one of them is the collection of 1.385.000 (one million three hundred eighty five thousand) signatures, which corresponds to 1% of the Brazilian electorate, to enter the National Congress of a popular initiative bill. Another activity is the holding of regional Campaign launches, in partnership with institutions and universities. Ibiaí / MG, Serra Talhada and Petrolândia / PE received the Launching Caravan in September with a big party and many people supporting. This October was reserved for the Caravan to land in Rio de Janeiro with two debate tables the seminar would present the themes Development, Territory and Traditional Communities, na 1 table, and Pteaching Rio de Janeiro: modernization and fishing territoryat the 2 table.

Next month, the Launch caravan arrives in Pernambuco's capital.


State Seminar of the National Campaign for the Regularization of the Fishing Communities Territory

Location: State University of Rio de Janeiro

Luiz Lyra Filho Pavilion, 13 Auditorium, Maracanã

Date: 19 October, in Rio de Janeiro.


Presentation “Environmental Justice and Injustice” - by Chico Pescador - please click here

Presentation by Eduardo Barcelos, from the Working Group on Agrarian Affairs - AGB Rio de Janeiro Niterói - please click here

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