Fish: Brazil Goes for the Big Catch

    With expectations that world demand for fish will rise by 60 million tons in the future, Brazil’s Special Secretariat for Fishing and Aquaculture has a budget of US$7.45 million (22 million reais) for the construction of five fishing terminals in strategic locations this year.

    The idea is to improve transportation, storage and
    commercialization, and increase production, supply and domestic demand. The
    sector awaits another US$ 87 million from the World Bank.

    The lack of
    specific terminals for fish is seen as one of the bottlenecks in a vicious cycle
    where there is less domestic Brazilian demand because of less supply, and vice

    Brazilian per capita consumption of fish is a low 6 kilos per
    year, compared to a world average of 14 kilos. And that is in a place with 8,500
    kilometers of coastline, 12 percent of the world’s freshwater and a total
    of 5 million hectares submerged in reservoirs behind hydroelectric power plants.

    According to Olavo Brandão, who works for the Secretariat in Rio, low
    domestic consumption is one of the main reasons Brazil produces only 1.5
    percent of the world’s GDP.

    In September the government will begin
    a campaign to stimulate domestic consumption of fish. Another program will begin
    aquaculture projects in land reform settlements.

    One of the fish
    terminals will be located in Rio de Janeiro. It will occupy 51,000 square meters
    and have its own ice factory.

    Agência Brasil
    Reporter: Daisy
    Translator: Allen Bennett


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