Residents of Fernando de Noronha who carry out artisanal octopus fishing will be registered by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity (ICMBio). According to the federal authority, only those who have credentials will be authorized to capture the animal.
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Registration begins on Monday (26) and continues until October 7, at the agency’s headquarters, in the Boldró neighborhood, from 8 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Those interested in registering must present their resident and permanent resident cards on the island. According to representatives of the institute, the objective is to regularize octopus fishermen with ICMBio.
After registration, an ID will be issued. Only those who have the license can carry out the capture of octopus in the Environmental Protection Area (APA).
Currently, the Chico Mendes Institute has identified 71 people authorized to practice the capture, but the agency wants to update the list.
ICMBio will promote a course for octopus fishermen, from October 13th to 19th. The agency wants students to understand the dynamics of the animal’s life and how to carry out the capture in a sustainable way, according to the rules established in the Management Plan.
Fishing can be done in the APA only by registered residents. Only animals weighing more than 500 grams can be captured, at depths greater than two meters and without the use of traps and irritating substances.