Environment Secretariat guarantees that the species is not at risk of extinction in the basins of the State
The government of Mato Grosso do Sul sent a letter to the Ministry of the Environment for the second time, requesting that the ban on fishing for painted fish not be adopted in the state until the arrival of the hatchery, in November. The ban on the capture of the species comes into force next Monday (5).
On June 8, the surubim fish, popularly known as painted, was included for the first time, by the Ministry of the Environment, in the list of endangered animals. With the measure, in addition to fishing, marketing, transport, storage and even the practice of fishing and releasing the species throughout the country is prohibited.
As it justified the relaxation of the measure in Mato Grosso do Sul, the government guaranteed that the fish species is not threatened with extinction in the state’s hydrographic basins. “Our expectation is that the Ministry of the Environment will extend the ordinance again, based on a justification that we have forwarded, to which we have attached a technical study by Embrapa Pantanal. These are robust data confirming that the Pintado is not an endangered species in Mato Grosso do Sul”, stated the owner of Semagro, Jaime Verruck.
Citing the impact on the production chain of extractive fishing, the State also proposed a technical discussion with all federal and state environmental agencies on the population of the Pintado in the basins of the Paraná and Paraguay Rivers, which cross Mato Grosso do Sul. In addition, a technical group will be created to establish its own list of endangered species, as has already been done in relation to the dourado, whose capture was prohibited by state law.
“We know that the ordinance creates a great impact for the fishing sector of Mato Grosso do Sul, where the Pintado is an important fish within the production chain for its commercial value, affecting mainly the professional fisherman. But we have carried out important actions with the ministry and the technical note from Embrapa Pantanal gives us peace of mind regarding the partial change of this measure”, explained Verruck.
The restrictive ordinance, since it was edited, has raised discussions, mainly because it was not regulated, leaving many doubts regarding the scope of the prohibition of fishing for the listed species. For ICMBio (Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation), which formulated the new list of endangered animals, the Pintado is in a category called “vulnerable”.
Mato Grosso do Sul already has its own legislation in its environmental booklet that establishes restrictive measures for fishing for Pinto, determining a minimum size of 85 cm and a maximum size of 125 cm for its capture.