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Challenges in licensing the industrial double-rig trawl fisheries in Brazil/Desafios en el licenciamiento de la pesca de arrastre industrial tangonera en Brasil.


Licensing of fishing vessels is one of the several tools used by governmental authorities under the fishing regulation process. In some instances, it might represent only a bureaucratic step aiming at registering the units engaged in the fishery for statistical or control purposes (Pope, 2005). On the other hand, it may stand also for a key mechanism to limiting access (or to grant rights), to fishing grounds, and resources (Charles, 2005). If properly enforced, in combination with catch, effort and/or technical measures, (e.g., Doulman, 1987; Harte & Barton, 2007; Havice, 2010), generates government revenues and/or contribute for the biological and socioeconomic sustainability of marine fisheries (Charles, 2005; Pope, 2005; but see Pearse, 1981 for a discussion on the inefficacy of licensing as a tool for controlling fleet capacity, and Fahy (2008) and Shen & Heino (2014), for examples of enforcement limitations).

In Brazil, license requirement for fishing vessels have appeared in federal regulations at least since the Fishing Code of 1938 (Brasil, 1938), substituted in 1967 by the Decree-Law 221/67 (Brasil, 1967) and, more recently, by the Fishing Law of 2009 (Brasil, 2009). All commercial fishing vessels, regardless whether artisanal or industrial, are required to have a license. Licenses are discretionary, precarious, individual, non-transferable and subjected to a quasiautomatic annual renewal if payment of a small tax and complying with some other legal requisites are proven (e.g., regularity with "PREPS", the national vessel monitoring system program, which is obligatory for all industrial vessels and part of the artisanal fleets).

In spite of appearing in the 1950's, the Brazilian industrial fishery developed significantly only from the 1960s on, fueled by intensive governmental financial incentives provided under the Decree-Law of 1967 (Diegues, 1983). The southeastern-south region is a large marine fishing management area (extending from 18[degrees]20'S to the Brazilian border with Uruguay), where most of the country's industrial fisheries concentrates. Fleets were originally directed to a few target-species, defined as such by their production (i.e., sardine Sardinella brasiliensis, caught by purse seiners), acceptance in the internal market (i.e., scienid fishes, targeted by stern and pair trawlers), or high intrinsic economic value (i.e., shrimps, exploited by side trawlers until 1968-1969, when they were converted to double-rig trawlers) (Valentini & Pezzuto, 2006).

At first, the industrial shrimp fishery operating in the southeastern-south Brazil targeted only the valuable pink-shrimps Farfantepenaeus paulensis and F brasiliensis, caught in shelf bottoms between 30 and 80 m depth. The number of vessels in this fleet increased dramatically from nearly 75 units in 1966 to more than 400 in 1972. As a consequence of this huge increment in fishing effort, shrimp yields and fleet size declined rapidly thereafter and the stocks were successively diagnosed as overexploited since 1973 (Valentini et al., 1991, 2012; D'Incao et al., 2002; Ministerio do Meio Ambiente, 2004). Simultaneously, an additional industrial fleet aiming at the sea-bob shrimp Xiphopenaeus kroyeri (hitherto exploited only by artisanal fishers up to 30 m depth) also developed, motivated by the reduction in pink-shrimp yields and increasing in sea-bob shrimp prices in the international market (Valentini & Pezzuto, 2006). After peaking at 15,591 ton in 1981, landings of this species declined to only 5,495 ton in 1999 (D'Incao et al., 2002). Since 2004, the species has been officially recognized as at risk of overexploitation (Ministerio do Meio Ambiente, 2004).

The scenario of the pink-shrimp fishery worsened after 1985, when the fleet size increased again to nearly 400 units (D'Incao et al., 2002; Valentini & Pezzuto, 2006). Additionally, in the same year, a third double-rig fleet started to operate in Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul states (Southern Brazil), focusing mostly on the coastal Argentine stiletto shrimp Artemesia longinaris (Bate) and Argentine red shrimp Pleoticus muelleri (Bate), flatfishes (Paralichthys patagonicus Jordan) and angel sharks (Squatina spp.) (Haimovici, 1998).

During the 1980's and the following decades, the two first double-rig fleets showed a progressive diversification in their dynamics. Two compensatory strategies were established to overcome the pink and sea-bob shrimp overexploitation: (1) to retain and focus on several other fishes and invertebrates caught as by-catch of traditional resources (Kotas, 1998; Perez & Pezzuto, 1998; Perez et al., 2001, 2007; Tomas & Cordeiro, 2007; Tomas et al., 2007); and (2), by expanding fishing areas to the outer shelf and slope, where new valuable targets and by-catches, started to be exploited (Perez et al., 2001; Perez & Pezzuto, 2006). The two strategies, allied to the poor selectivity of the bottom trawling have made the double-rig fisheries in the region to be largely multi-specific. In fact, the number of commercial categories of fishes and invertebrates landed by the combined double-rig fleets in Santa Catarina state during 2012 surpassed 82 items, several of them comprising more than a single species (e.g., the generic denomination "sharks") (UNIVALI/CTTMar, 2013).

Not only had the fleet dynamics of the double-rig fleets changed with time in the region. Licensing also showed significant modifications, this might be separated in three main phases. The first, encompassed the beginning of the industrial shrimp fisheries until the early 2000s, when licenses were defined under a monospecific perspective. Vessels were permitted to catch pink and sea-bob shrimps with their respective "incidental catches" (not specifically referred in the respective licenses). However, the importance of the latter increased with time at the same rate that the abundance of the targets declined. Because vessels, authorized to catch shrimps, expanded their operations to new areas and/or resources, and many other trawlers (new or converted from other fisheries) were unsuccessful to get shrimp licenses as their distribution was legally closed. Fishing authorities were pushed politically to accommodate both situations. License characteristics started, then, to become more flexible. At the same time that some licenses remained unchanged, in content, others became progressively more generic and embracing, up to a point where some of them allowed the exploitation, in the whole southeastern-south region, of "fishes, crustaceans and mollusks in general, excluding resources under control" (i.e., excluding species for which new licenses were not available, as the pink-shrimp). Considering the large area of operation permitted, including the traditional sea-bob and pink-shrimp fishing grounds, the poor selectivity of the fishing method and the variety of licenses in force, this system enabled the operation of the double-rig vessels in any area, at any time and on any species (including resources under control, supposedly caught as by-catch). It represents nothing less than a disguise of an open-access regime (Valentini & Pezzuto, 2006).

After severe criticism and aiming at reorganizing the licensing process, in 2011 the Brazilian Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture launched a new licensing system (Brasil, 2011), to which all fishing vessels should adhere. Licenses were standardized and formally defined according to five criteria: a) fishing method, b) target species, c) incidental catches of marketable species, d) incidental catches of not marketable species whether due to legal, economic, or other constraints; and e) area of operation permitted. Scientific and vernacular names for the species listed in criteria b), c), and d) above, are formally included in the authorizations.

In this new system, licenses that were previously quite generic turned to be extremely specific and detailed, paradoxically, trying to accommodate the multi-specific feature of the current fisheries through the definition of a long and partially different list of species in each type of authorization. Given the high marine biodiversity of the southeastern-south Brazilian region (see Fig. 9 in Miloslavich et al., 2011) and considering the unselective character of the double-rig bottom trawling fisheries, this change posed new challenges to the management and to the fishing industry as a whole.

Therefore, this paper aims at examining the behavior of the three most important industrial double-rig fleets operating in southeastern-south region of Brazil, as viewed from landings monitored in Santa Catarina harbors between 2008 and 2010. The landings of each fleet was analyzed and confronted with the criteria set out in the new licensing system, in order to verify to what extent this system suit to current fishing reality.


As information of individual fishing licenses was not made available to the public by the Brazilian government until very recently, the Syndicate of Ship-owners and Fishing Industries of Itajai and Region (SINDIPI) and Syndicate of Fishing Industry of Florianopolis (SINDIFLORIPA) kindly provided us with copies of licenses of all 234 double-rig vessels of their affiliated members. Nearly all industrial vessels based on Santa Catarina State are associated to one of these syndicates and they represent a significant part of the industrial double-rig fleet operating in southeastern-south region (i.e., 80.7%, 51.3%, and 74.0% of the total number of vessels licensed, respectively, to catch demersal fishes, pink and sea-bob shrimps). Licenses were used to discriminate vessels according to the new licensing system (Table 1), and also to identify and retrieve the corresponding landing information stored in Santa Catarina Industrial Fishing Statistics Program database. This program is conducted by the University of Vale do Itajai since 2000 and monitors landed catch (composition, weight, and ex-vessel prices), effort, and fishing areas of all industrial fleets which operate in Santa Catarina harbors through logbooks, sales records, and skippers' interviews. Quite frequently, vessels based on other states use local harbors for landing, but their data were not considered in this study, because the respective licenses were not known. From the 234 vessels affiliated to the syndicates, 191 landed in Santa Catarina during the study period.

Vessels authorized to fish pink-shrimp were separated according to the method of catch storage on board (crushed ice or cold chambers-freezers), as SINDIPI's technical staff suggested that they could have different operational characteristics (e.g., days at the sea), influencing the respective catch composition. Data on total length and power of the main engine were obtained from licenses and used to provide basic physical characteristics of the fleets.

Spatial distribution of the total fishing effort was also analyzed for each fleet. Firstly, fishing areas visited in each trip, as informed by the skippers during interviews or pointed out in the respective log books were ascribed to a 30'x30' grid. More than a single quadrant could be assigned, as more than frequently a same trip covered several quadrants (i.e., fishing grounds extended for very large areas along the shelf). The total number of trips recorded by quadrant during the whole study period was then calculated and mapped for each fleet.

Two main analyses were conducted from landing data: a) catch was examined in terms of weight and revenue per biological species/commercial categories and b) catch was broken down into the categories "target-species" and "expected by-catch", as defined in the respective licenses (Table 1). Landed items not listed in the authorizations were classified as "others". Correspondence between vernacular and scientific names of all species mentioned in this paper can be found in Table 2.

The proportion by weight and by revenue, measured in Brazilian currency, (Reais R$, conversion rate of US$1.00 = R$1.70 in December 1st, 2010) that each item accounted for, in relation to the total landings of each fleet, was calculated per year, and for the whole study period, to investigate their role in the maintenance of the respective fishing fleets.

To enable proper comparison of revenues, along the three studied years, monthly mean prices (US$/kg) of each species were corrected for inflation to the reference date of December 2010. The Producer Price Index (PPI) (Indice de Pre?os ao Produtor Amplo-Fundacao Getulio Vargas, 2012), which records the monthly variation of prices of agricultural and industrial goods at the producer level, i.e. before final marketing, was used. Mean ex-vessel price (Price US$/kg) of the species/commercial category i in the month/year j was, standardized as follows:

[Corrected price.sub.ij] = [Price.sub.ij] x ([PPI.sub.December2010]/[PPI.sub.j])


Fleet characteristics

A total of 2,617 trips and 46,711 ton were monitored in the study period. From the 191 vessels analyzed, 68 were licensed for pink-shrimp. They used crushed ice as catch conservation method (hereafter referred to as pink-shrimp icing vessels). Sea-bob shrimp and demersal fish fleets totalized 47 and 44 units, respectively. Only 32 pink-shrimp vessels were equipped with cold chambers (pink-shrimp freezers; Table 3). The demersal fish fleet showed mean yields/trip much higher than those exhibited by the other vessels and accounted for 54.5% of the total landings. Excepting for the number of trips which reduced from 2008 to 2010 in all fleets, the other variables did not show important changes in the period (Table 3).

As revealed by Kruskal-Wallis tests, the fleets differed both in their median lengths (H = 114.7; N = 192; P < 0.0001) and engine power (H = 101.9; N = 190; P < 0.0001). A post-hoc test showed that vessels targeting sea-bob shrimp were the smallest (median total length = 14.8 m) as compared to the other fleets (P < 0.0001). Pink shrimp freezers and vessels targeting demersal fishes on the other hand did not show differences among them (P = 0.96) but were bigger than the other vessels (P < 0.01). The same results were found when contrasting median engine power among the fleets. In this case, differences among pink shrimp freezers + demersal fish vessels and the other fleets were even more significant (P < 0.001) (Table 4).

As previously suspected, the use of crushed ice instead of cold chambers limits the permanence of the vessels at the sea. On average, fishing trips of pink-shrimp icing vessels lasted only 18.5 days, contrasting with the 34.5 days spent by the pink-shrimp freezer fleet (Table 5). Haul duration and number of hauls per day differed also between the two pink-shrimp fleets, freezers conducting less and longer hauls per day. Seabob shrimp vessels showed the lowest autonomy among the four fleets spending, on average, 17 days at sea. Their hauls were also the shortest (mean = 4.0 h), resulting in a higher number of tows per day (Table 5).

Spatial distribution of fishing effort

Freezers operate from north of Vitoria to the border with Uruguay, mostly in fishing grounds shallower than 100 m. However, areas between 100 and 200 m deep or even down to the slope were also exploited, mainly between Santos e Itajai harbors. The area between Itajai and Paranagua concentrated the highest number of trips per quadrant (Fig. 1a). Effort of the pink-shrimp icing fleet was much more spread, occupying all the continental shelf and upper slope from Rio de Janeiro to the border with Uruguay. Trips concentrated in two main areas: towards the north of Itajai, between 50 and 100-200 m isobaths, and towards the south of the same harbor, in shallower waters (Fig. 1b). The sea-bob shrimp fleet showed also a continuous occupation of the continental shelf, though rarely exceeding 100 m deep. In fact, most of the trips concentrated in very coastal areas below 50 or even 25 m deep, especially between Cananeia and Santos harbors. This fleet rarely, if ever, operated on slope grounds (Fig. 1c). Spreading its fishing effort essentially throughout the same areas where pink-shrimp icing vessels operate, demersal fish fleet exploited two main fishing grounds: the first, situated along the outer shelf and slope between Santos and Laguna and the second, on the inner shelf from Laguna towards the southern end of the study area (Fig. 1d).

Catch composition per species or category

From the main resources landed by the double-rig fleets in Santa Catarina, the pink-shrimp stands out as the most valuable, with mean prices per kilogram exceeding twice the southern white shrimp, which ranked second on the price scale (Table 6). Complement the "top ten" items in terms of intrinsic value other three shrimps: the Uruguayan lobster, squid and flatfish, all species exploited on the continental shelf, and the monkfish and codling caught on the slope (Table 6). Although price fluctuations had been noticed throughout the study period, no definite pattern was observed. Whereas the price of pink and Argentine stiletto shrimps decreased from 2008 to 2010, other species showed continuous appreciation in the same period (e.g., Uruguayan lobster) or were valued differently in each year (Table 6).

Examining the catch composition per fleet revealed some distinct patterns among them. The pink-shrimp freezers landed 56 species/categories, but only ten accounted for over 81% of the total weight and 96% of revenue (Table 7). The fleet showed to be essentially shellfish-oriented as four shrimp species, the squid and the Uruguayan lobster comprised six out of the ten main items landed in terms of value, with the pink-shrimp demonstrating, by far, the largest importance. Mixture (a multi-species assortment of items of low individual value) amounted 19% of the total weight, a value very close to the pink-shrimp contribution (22%). Landings totalized 2,154 ton and more than US$10 million in the study period.

Pink-shrimp icing vessels showed a more diversified pattern, as 68 species/categories were landed and 13 of them were necessary to generate, respectively, 82 and 90% of the landed weight and revenue monitored in the period (Table 8). While revenues from the pink-shrimp summed 77% in freezer vessels, its importance decreased to 35% in the icing fleet (corresponding to only 4% of the landed weight), with other shrimps increasing their participation in the fleet economy. The Argentine stiletto shrimp and mixture were the most abundant items in the landings. Fleet's revenues and landed weight exceeded US$22 million and 11,500 ton in the study period, respectively.

Among 50 species/categories recorded, only seven of them provided 95% of the landings and revenues for the sea-bob shrimp fleet (Table 9). In spite of being traditionally the fleet's main target, landed weight and revenue obtained from the sea-bob shrimp figured below the Argentine stiletto shrimp, whose landings accounted for 50% of the total. Conversely, given its lower individual price as compared to the sea-bob shrimp (Table 6), the contribution of the Argentine stiletto shrimp in the total revenue was only marginally superior. The Argentine red shrimp, which is caught in association with the latter species in coastal fishing grounds southwards from the main sea-bob shrimp area of distribution, showed also significant importance, accounting for 11% of the volume and 20% of the revenue in the period. These two southern shrimps, therefore, revealed to play a key role in the current dynamics of the sea-bob shrimp fleet, whose total landings in the period attained 7,549 ton and US$12.1 million (Table 9).

As expected, fishes were the main items caught by the demersal fishes fleet, with nine species plus the "not discriminated" category accounting for over 77% of the weight and 81% of the revenue (Table 10). Among the 68 species/categories landed, codling, flatfish, Argentine hake, and bluewing searobin were dominant in both criteria. In spite of contributing with only 7% of the landed weight, flatfishes corresponded to 18% of the total fleet's revenues (US$29.6 million), given its high individual value (US$3.09 [kg.sup.-1]) as compared to the other three species (e.g., codling--US$1.26 kg'1) (Tables 6-10).

Catch composition according to the license system

In the pink-shrimp freezer fleet, nearly 80% of revenues were obtained from the target-species (as defined in the respective licenses), in spite of their very small participation in terms of volume (Fig. 2). This difference is explained by the predominance of the valuable pink-shrimp in the landings, mostly when compared to the two other possible targets (i.e., Argentine red and stiletto shrimps), whose amount and individual prices were significantly lower (Tables 6, 7). In terms of weight, the most important category was the "expected by-catch" which attained, in 2010, nearly 50% of the total landings. Species not listed in the licenses had also a significant participation in terms of weight, in spite of representing less than 5% of the revenues (Fig. 2).

Targets were also the main items for the economic sustainability of the pink-shrimp icing fleet, even considering that their importance in the total revenue declined to ca. 60%. Considering the whole study period, targets and expected by-catch species had similar contribution in terms of weight, although different patterns had been observed from year to year. Nearly 20% of the landings corresponded to items not included in the licenses, but, as observed in the pink-shrimp freezer fleet, their input to the total revenue was small (Fig. 3).

Sea-bob shrimp fleet revealed totally reliant from the three shrimp listed as targets, as they represented nearly 90% of the respective landings and revenues. The remaining 10% were equally divided between the other two categories (Fig. 4). On the other hand, demersal fish vessels were sustained mostly by species not listed in their respective licenses as nearly 50% of the landings and revenue originate from their catches (Fig. 5). Targets contribution in weight and revenue varied between ca. 20 and 30% and between 30 and 40%, respectively, depending on the year. Comparatively, species listed as expected by-catch always a played smaller role for this fleet (Fig. 5).

Although differing as to the dependence on the categories "targets", "expected by-catch", and "others", the four fleets presented a high percentage of coincidental species. Comparing the species listed in the three types of licenses, the percentage of coincidental items varied from a minimum of 31.8% between sea-bob shrimp and demersal fish fleets to a maximum of 71.1% between the latter and the pinkshrimp fleets (Table 11). When considering the landings actually performed between 2008 and 2010, the overlapping in catch composition increased significantly, reaching 82.4% between demersal fishes and pink-shrimp icers fleet (Table 11).


In force since 2011, the new Brazilian fishing licensing scheme has produced some beneficial outcomes, standardizing licenses, characteristics, and increasing the control and transparency in the system as a whole. However, the present results reveal that, at least concerning the bottom industrial double-rig fisheries, this system has not reverted neither the excessive effort and overlapping among fleets, nor the quite generalist access rights conferred by the preceding collection of non-standardized licenses which, among other negative consequences, posed the sustainability of the exploited demersal stocks on a high level of risk.

As demonstrated by Table 11, in spite of defining different targets (except by the Argentine red and stiletto shrimps, to be commented below), actually, a high proportion of species appear repeatedly in the three licenses examined. In combination with the same permitted fishing areas and with the absence of legally established limits for the proportion that target and predicted by-catch species can attain in landings of each fleet, this fact opens the possibility of vessels operate opportunistically over much the same resources, irrespective of their license type. The very high percentage of common species which were effectively landed by the different fleets during the study period confirms this (Table 11).

The inclusion of the Argentine red and stiletto shrimps as targets for all vessels pertaining both to the pink and sea-bob shrimp fleets illustrates the consequence of having species in common in different licenses. Directed catches of these species have increased mostly from the middle 1990's on, when the overcapitalized pink-shrimp fleet based in Santa Catarina started to exploit them as compensatory resources, in addition to a small-scale fleet which was already present in Rio Grande do Sul. Such fact has originated an abundant and seasonal fishery conducted on inner shelf waters extending from Southern Santa Catarina towards the border between Brazil and Uruguay (Perez et al, 2001; D'Incao et al., 2002; Valentini & Pezzuto, 2006). Maximum Sustainable Yields (MSY) of these species were estimated for Brazilian waters only by Baptista-Metri (2007), and attained 4,447.3 ton [yr.sup.-1] and 3,579.4 ton [yr.sup.-1] for the Argentine red and stiletto shrimps, respectively. Whereas historical landings of the first species were always below the MSY, in the case of the stiletto shrimp, it was exceeded at least in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009 (Baptista-Metri, 2007; Beninca, 2013). Fishing effort directed to these shrimps has been considered excessive (Baptista-Metri, 2007; Dumont & D'Incao, 2008) and concerns about the risk of recruitment overfishing of the latter species were recently raised on a study by Dumont et al. (2011).

As compared to other shelf and slope bottom-trawl fisheries conducted on Southeastern-South Brazilian waters, which developed a progressive multi-specific behavior, the industrial sea-bob shrimp fishery maintained a mono-specific characteristic in terms of targets, at least up to late 1990's-early 2000's (Valentini & Pezzuto, 2006). In fact, Gra?a-Lopes et al. (2002a) studied the sea-bob shrimp industrial fleet which landed in Sao Paulo during 1988 and found by-catch species having a much lower importance than the target in the landings. Higher proportions of other species were found only in a few situations when the production of the sea-bob shrimp declined. The present paper shows, however, that multi-specificity is also emerging in this fleet as more than a half of the its landings and revenues originated from the Argentine red and stiletto shrimps, whereas the sea-bob shrimp contributed, respectively, with only 29% and 34%.

The sea-bob shrimp stock has not been assessed since D'Incao et al. (2002). However, it can be argued that redirecting effort for the Argentine red and stiletto shrimps in the recent years may be a response to declining biomass observed for the species in the 1990's decade. Even considering the very seasonal availability of the two southern shrimps (Baptista-Metri, 2007) and their strong inter-annual fluctuation in abundance due to environmental causes (Dumont et al., 2011), the SBS fleet reveals to be highly dependent on these "new" resources. In addition, it is noteworthy that even presenting the pink-shrimp as the main target, the pink-shrimp icing fleet has also the southern shrimps as key resources contributing, together, with 27% of the revenues and 35% of the landings.

Making the Argentine red and stiletto shrimp official targets for all vessels pertaining to the sea-bob and pink-shrimp fleets cannot be considered a precautionary measure. Given that no catch or effort limits do exist for both species in Brazil, this measure threatens not only the biological sustainability of the respective stocks, but also the economic survivorship of the vessels that currently rely on these shrimps (Tables 8, 9). In addition, declining yields as resulting from a potential overexploitation or collapse of these stocks could intensify the compensatory strategy adopted by both fleets, augmenting their overlapping and, consequently, contributing for developing additional scenarios of effort concentration over other resources.

Regarding the demersal fish vessels, three main aspects deserve attention: a) in contrary to what would be expected, the most important category in their landings was neither the target nor the incidental species, but the "others" not listed in their respective licenses; b) codling, a species pertaining to the latter category, was the main item in landing and in revenue, and c) four of the most important species for this fleet (codling, Brazilian codling, flatfish and bluewing searobin) accounted for 20% of the pink-shrimp icing landings, indicating a significant catch similarity between them. While part of the dominance of the "other" category could be explained by eventual omissions in the list of species as defined by the fishing authority, actually, most of the discrepancies result from operations conducted below the 250 m isobaths as revealed by Beninca (2013). The high proportion that slope resources as codling, Argentine hake, and monkfish accounted for in the demersal fish fleet landings (Table 10) supports this view. Exploitation of these species started in Brazil in the 2000's and were firstly developed by chartered foreign stern trawl and gillnet vessels which conducted exploratory fishing operations in the slope, and were soon replaced by domestic fleets (Perez et al., 2009a, 2009b). Going deeper, out from the well-known shelf fishing grounds, this fleet confirms the opportunistic expansion of the regional industrial trawling fleets to new grounds, aiming at compensating the economic losses derived from the overexploitation of the traditional demersal resources (Perez & Pezzuto, 2006; Perez et al., 2009b). Apart from increasing the range of species and areas to be exploited by the fleet, such behavior imply also in an uncontrolled fishing effort over the less abundant slope resources, whose limited biological productivity revealed to be incompatible with high mortality levels (Perez et al., 2005; Perez, 2006; Haimovici et al., 2006).

Interestingly, it is worth mentioning that, despite having the same licenses, the two pink-shrimp fleets behaved quite differently in almost all aspects, including, for instance, physical characteristics, mean number of days at sea and at fishing, main fishing areas, number of species landed and relative contribution in total landings and revenue. Such fact demonstrates that more than signifying only distinct strategies of catch conservation, using crushed ice of cold chambers in the pink-shrimp fishery can imply significant changes in the vessel dynamics too. While icing vessels' landings were more diverse and abundant, freezer vessels showed a lower number of species and a revenue proportionally higher, which can be explained by the predominance of pink-shrimps in their landing composition. Not depending on the limited ice durability on a tropical sea, pink-shrimp freezer vessels are able to spend nearly twice more days at fishing then pink-shrimp icing ones, retaining their catch more selectively and favoring those items with higher economic value. Consequently, it is probable that those cold-chambered vessels produce much more discards during their fishing trips than the icing ones, aiming at keeping storage space for such preferential items. Studies specially designed to investigate discards in the two fleets are necessary to verify this hypothesis.

Our results point out the high diversity of items landed by all the fleets examined in the present study as the number of species/categories recorded varied from 50 (sea-bob shrimp) to 68 (pink-shrimp icing and demersal fishes fleets). As many commercial categories figured out in the landing statistics include more than a single biological species (i.e., "mixture"; "sharks"), the real number of species effectively exploited by these fleets is certainly much higher. Studying the industrial double-rig landings in Sao Paulo State, Gra?a-Lopes et al. (2002b) recorded 70 biological species retained by sea-bob shrimp vessels between 1990 and 1991, and 137 by the pink-shrimp vessels which operated between 1989 and 1992. Kotas (1998) reported 103 biological species landed in Santa Catarina by industrial doublerig vessels directed to pink, Argentine red, Argentine stiletto and striped soldier shrimps during fishing trips conducted from 1993 to 1994. According to Haimovici & Mendon?a (1996a), double-rig trawlers operating off Rio Grande do Sul between 1992 and 1993 retained 32 biological species or genera of fishes (no data were available for invertebrates), when directing their effort to the southern shrimps and flatfishes. In spite of been possibly influenced by different methods of study, sampling effort and commercial issues, declining number of retained species from Sao Paulo to Rio Grande do Sul could reflect, in part, a natural expected pattern of latitudinal reduction in species diversity towards the south.

Regardless the spatial, legal and operational differences observed, the regional industrial double-rig fleets clearly develop well-established multi-specific fisheries, using non-selective apparatus in a naturally biodiverse ecosystem. Thus, focusing the licensing system in extensive lists of species catchable over large areas, does not seem reasonable or even practical given the following reasons: a) currently, excepting the mandatory use of turtle excluder devices by the Brazilian shrimp fleets (Brasil, 2004), there is no locally available technology to avoid catching species not listed in the respective permissions, imposing serious limitations to the management of those species, and putting industry and fishers over constant legal risk; b) the adoption of a permissible fishing area, encompassing the entire southeast-south region, aggravates the situation, making it virtually impossible to eliminate spatial overlapping among fleets, and consequently, coincidence in their catch composition; c) expanding the already extended lists of species in the licenses by including more items would turn the system even more complex and questionable in both biological and operational basis; and d) even if such a procedure were adopted, enforcement would be unfeasible, since inspectors would require high taxonomic skills on an extremely diverse range of species.

As pointed out by Norse (2010), unlimited mobility as evidenced in the present study encourages sequential overfishing and reduces profitability, as declining fishing abundance near homeports compels fishermen go farther, invest in larger boats, deal with higher fuel, labor, and processing costs. Therefore, how the license system for demersal fisheries should be designed in Brazil? The solution is certainly not trivial considering the complexities involved in biological, economical, structural, legal, and operational terms. Possibly, besides reducing total effort and enhancing fishing control, the most reasonable option was pointed out by Perez et al. (2001) for the management of demersal and benthic resources exploited on shelf and slope grounds of the region. Instead of permitting the free operation of the fleets throughout this large area, the southeastern-south Brazil should be divided in smaller "geographical management units" (GMUs), i.e. spatially restrict and ecosytemically designed fishing grounds, to be defined mostly according to the spatio-temporal distribution of different stocks, bottom characteristics, depth, fleet dynamics and technical considerations. After knowing the potential for sustainable exploitation of the main (or the more vulnerable) resources inhabiting each GMU, safe levels of effort would be allocated to them, redistributing and limiting the respective number of boats authorized to operate within each unit. Vessels should be licensed fundamentally to operate: a) on a single or few management unit(s) and b) with a specific fishing method. Different from the current system where catch/landing composition is the main criteria on the licensing design, the species composition would be a natural consequence of the interaction between fishing technique and ecological characteristics of the fishing grounds. Enforcement would be feasible mostly through the national vessel monitoring program (PREPS) in order to guarantee that vessels remain operating within the GMU (s) for which they were authorized. Essentially, the system should move from a species-based to a spatial-based approach, which has been considered of high value whenever multiple uses of space and resources result in conflicts among users or among these and the environment (Pipitone, 2012). Such change in licensing approach corroborates Caddy & Seijo (2005) belief that spatial tools should gain a greater role in fishing management, even of polyvalent offshore fisheries, especially considering the low-cost represented by satellite monitoring systems in terms of monitoring, control and surveillance.

Designing of GMUs could benefit from a significant amount of studies regarding resource distribution, fishing dynamics and management of pot, long-line, trawl and gillnet fisheries for benthic/demersal species living either on the shelf as on the regional slope grounds (e.g., Valentini et al., 1991; Haimovici & Mendon?a, 1996a, 1996b; Kotas, 1998; Perez & Pezzuto, 1998; Avila-da-Silva et al., 2001; Paiva et al., 2001, 2002; Perez et al., 2001, 2002a, 2002b, 2007, 2009a, 2009b; Gra?a-Lopes et al., 2002a, 2002b; Perez & Pezzuto, 2006; Pezzuto et al., 2006; Baptista-Metri, 2007; Avila-da-Silva & Arantes, 2007; Castro et al., 2007; Haimovici & Velasco, 2007; Silva, 2007; Tomas, 2007; Tomas & Cordeiro, 2007; Tomas et al., 2007; Dumont & D'Incao, 2008; Alves et al., 2009; Botelho et al., 2009; Dallagnolo et al., 2009; Pio, 2011; Valentini et al., 2012; Beninca, 2013; Correa, 2013; Rolim, 2014). Otherwise, if adoption of such model is to be considered, determining current biomass of the several stocks, reference points, sustainable effort allocation levels, and technical measures to be implemented within the GMUs (including those designed to reduce discards) would be some of the main scientific and management challenges to be faced in the future, as most of this information is virtually inexistent, and/or strictly dependent on the proper GMU's characteristics to be determined.

Although the ideas of Perez et al. (2001) have been proposed for over a decade, even before the implementation of the current multi-species licensing system, results of the present study reinforce the need to consider and develop such idea as a concrete alternative, if biological sustainability, fisheries economic viability, management effectiveness and legal security of those involved in Brazilian multi-species and multi-fleet demersal fisheries are goals to be achieved.

DOI: 10.3856/vol43-issue3-fulltext-11


We are indebted to SINDIPI (Sindicato dos Armadores e das Industrias da Pesca de Itajai e Regiao) e SINDIFLORIPA (Sindicato da Industria de Pesca de Florianopolis) by the copies of the respective vessel's licenses, and also to the Fishing Studies Group team (GEP/UNIVALI) by collecting, processing and providing us with the corresponding landing statistics. Ana Paula Rosso (UNIVALI) kindly produced the maps from Figure 1. The Spanish version of the Abstract was written by Dr. Dante Queirolo Palma (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso) to whom we are thankful. M.Sc. Ana Luisa de Souza Soares gave us assistance as to the methodology for correcting ex-vessel prices. We sincerely thank the two anonymous reviewers by the constructive suggestions that improved the quality of the manuscript. CAPES (Coordenado de Aperfeigoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior--Ministry of Education-Brazil) funded this study (Edital Capes Ciencias do Mar 09/2009, AUXPE 1141/2010-IGEPESCA Project). E.M.B. was supported by a M.Sc. scholarship granted by CAPES/PROSUP to Programa de Pos-Graduagao em Ciencia e Tecnologia Ambiental da UNIVALI. P.R.P. coordinates IGE-PESCA/CAPES Project and is supported by Research Grant from CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico - Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation-Brazil, Process 306904/2012-8).


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Received: 24 June 2014; Accepted: 16 January 2015

Paulo Ricardo-Pezzuto (1) & Erica Mastella-Beninca (2)

(1) Centro de Ciencias Tecnologicas da Terra e do Mar, Universidade do Vale do Itajai (UNIVALI) Rua Uruguai 458, Centro, CEP 88.302-901, Itajai, SC, Brazil

(2) Departamento de Ensino, Pesquisa e Extensao, Instituto Federal de Educaqao Ciencia e Tecnologia de Santa Catarina (IFSC)

Rua Nereu Ramos 3450D, Seminario, CEP 89.813-000, Chapeco, SC, Brazil

Corresponding author: Erica Mastella-Beninca (

Corresponding editor: Patricio Arana

Caption: Figure 1. Spatial distribution of fishing effort (number of trips) of the four industrial double-rig fleets of Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil, monitored between 2008 and 2010 and licensed for: a: pink-shrimp, equipped with cold chambers (freezer), b: pink-shrimp using crushed ice, c: sea-bob shrimp and d: demersal fishes. Main fishing harbors are indicated. ES, MG, RJ, SP, PR, SC and RS refer, respectively, to the Brazilian states of Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

Caption: Figure 2. Contribution in weight (ton) and revenue (US$) of target and expected by-catch species as defined in the industrial double-rig pink-shrimp licenses, according to landings monitored in Santa Catarina State, between 2008 and 2010. "Other" refers to species not listed in the licenses. Only vessels using cold chambers (freezers) to conserve the catch aboard were considered.

Caption: Figure 3. Contribution in weight (ton) and revenue (US$) of target and expected by-catch species as defined in the industrial double-rig pink-shrimp licenses, according to landings monitored in Santa Catarina State, between 2008 and 2010. "Other" refers to species not listed in the licenses. Only vessels using crushed ice to conserve the catch aboard were considered.

Caption: Figure 4. Contribution in weight (ton) and revenue (US$) of target and expected by-catch species as defined in the industrial double-rig sea-bob shrimp licenses, according to landings monitored in Santa Catarina State, between 2008 and 2010. "Other" refers to species not listed in the licenses.

Caption: Figure 5. Contribution in weight (ton) and revenue (US$) of target and expected by-catch species as defined in the industrial double-rig demersal fishes licenses, according to landings monitored in Santa Catarina State, between 2008 and 2010. "Other" refers to species not listed in the licenses.
Table 1. Authorizations, according to the current license
system, for industrial double-rig vessels operating in the
shelf areas of the southeastern-south (SE-S) region.
"Complementary authorization" refers to a temporary
license granted to the fleet during the annual pink
-shrimp fishery closure (March to May) for operations
in areas outside the main target distribution.

Authorization     Target species        Expected by-catch

Pink-shrimp      Pink-shrimp,       Argentine conger,
                   Argentine          Argentine croaker,
                   red shrimp         Argentine goatfish,
                   and                Argentine hake,
                   Argentine          Atlantic bigeye,
                   stiletto           blue runner,
                   shrimp             Brazilian codling,
                                      Brazilian flathead,
                                      comb grouper,
                                      common octopus,
                                      crab, dogfish,
                                      flatfish, grey
                                      Jamaica weakfish,
                                      king weakfish, lane
                                      snappers, largehead
                                      hairtail, monkfish,
                                      namorado sandperch,
                                      pink cusk-eel, rays,
                                      red grouper, red
                                      porgy, rough scad,
                                      sea trout, slipper
                                      lobster, snappers,
                                      snowy grouper,
                                      southern searobin,
                                      squid, striped weakfish,
                                      tile fish, Uruguayan
                                      lobster, whitemouth
Sea-bob shrimp   Sea-bob shrimp,    Argentine croaker,
                   Argentine red      Argentine goatfish,
                   shrimp and         banded croaker,
                   Argentine          bluewing searobin,
                   stiletto           Brazilian codling,
                   shrimp             crabs, dogfish,
                                      flatfish, grey
                                      Jamaica weakfish,
                                      king weakfish,
                                      monkfish, rays, sea
                                      trout, southern
                                      southern white
                                      shrimp, squid,
                                      striped weakfish,
                                      whitemouth croaker
Demersal fish    Whitemouth         Argentine conger,
                   croaker,           Argentine goatfish,
                   Argentine          Atlantic bigeye,
                   croaker, sea       banded croaker,
                   trout and king     blue runner,
                   weakfish,          Brazilian flathead,
                   flatfish,          comb grouper,
                   Brazilian          croakers, drums,
                   codling,           Jamaica weakfish,
                   bluewing           lane snappers,
                   searobin           largehead hairtail,
                                      monkfish, namorado
                                      sandperch, pink
                                      cusk-eel, rays, red
                                      grouper, red porgy,
                                      slipper lobster,
                                      snappers, snowy
                                      grouper, southern
                                      kingcroaker, squid,
                                      striped weakfish,
                                      tile fish, Uruguayan

Authorization        Area of operation

Pink-shrimp      Territorial sea SE-S; and
                   EEZ SE-S (complementary
                   authorization: outside
                   the pink-shrimp area
                   --above 100 m)
Sea-bob shrimp   Territorial sea SE-S; and
                   EEZ SE-S
Demersal fish    Territorial sea SE-S and
                   EEZ SE-S (depths less
                   than 250 m)

Table 2. Vernacular and scientific names of the species
landed and/or listed in the licenses of the industrial
double-rig fleets of Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil.

Vernacular name        Scientific name              Family

Angel sharks           Squatina spp.                Squatinidae
Argentine conger       Conger orbignianus,          Congridae
                         Myrophis punctatus,        Ophichthidae
                         Raneya brasiliensis        Ophidiidae
Argentine croaker      Umbrina canosai              Sciaenidae
Argentine goatfish     Mullus argentinae            Mullidae
Argentine hake         Merluccius hubbsi            Phycidae
Argentine red shrimp   Pleoticus muelleri           Penaeidae
Argentine stiletto     Artemesia longinaris         Penaeidae
Atlantic bigeye        Priacanthus arenatus         Priacantidae
Banded croaker         Paralonchurus brasiliensis   Sciaenidae
Blue runner            Caranx crysos                Carangidae
Bluewing searobin      Prionotus punctatus          Triglidae
Brazilian codling      Urophycis brasiliensis       Phycidae
Brazilian flathead     Percophis brasiliensis       Percophidae
Codling                Urophycis mystacea           Phycidae
Comb grouper           Mycteroperca bonaci, M.      Serranidae
                         microlepis, M.
Common octopus         Octopus vulgaris             Octopodidae
Crab                   Callinectes sapidus, C.      Portunidae
                         bocourti, C. danae,
                         C. ornatus
Croakers               Stellifer brasiliensis;      Sciaenidae
                         S. rastrifer, S. naso
Dogfishs               Prionace glauca,             Carcharhinidae
                         Carcharhinus               Lamnidae
                         falciformis, Isurus        Squalidae
                         Squalus acanthias,         Triakidae
                         S. cubensis, S.
                         blainville, Mustelus
Drums                  Cynoscion acoupa, C.         Sciaenidae
                         leiarchus, C. guatucupa,
                         Larimus breviceps,
                         Pogonias cromis
Flatfish               Paralichthys brasiliensis,   Paralichthydae
                         P. patagonicus
Grey triggerfish       Balistes capriscus           Balistidae
Jamaica weakfish       Cynoscion jamaicensis        Sciaenidae
King weakfish          Macrodon ancylodon           Sciaenidae
Largehead hairtail     Trichiurus lepturus          Trichiuridae
Monkfish               Lophius gastrophysus         Lophiidae
Namorado sandperch     Pseudopercis numida          Mugiloididae
Pink cusk-eel          Genypterus brasiliensis      Ophidiidae
Pink-shrimp            Farfantepenaeus paulensis,   Penaeidae
                         F brasiliensis
Rays                   Atlantoraja cyclophora,      Rajidae
                         A. castelnaui; Rioraja
                         agassizii, Breviraja
                         spinosa, Rajella
Red grouper            Epinephelus morio            Serranidae
Red porgy              Pagrus pagrus                Sparidae
Rough scad             Trachurus lathami            Carangidae
Sand flounder          Paralichthys isosceles,      Paralichthydae
                         P triocellatus
Sea trout              Cynoscion spp.               Sciaenidae
Sea-bob shrimp         Xiphopenaeus kroyeri         Penaeidae
Skate raja             Atlantoraja platana,         Rajidae
                         bonapartii, S. acuta
Slipper lobster        Scyllarides deceptor,        Scyllaridae
                         S. brasiliensis,
                         S. delfosi
Snappers               Lutjanus cyanopterus,        Lutjanidae
                         L. jocu, L. synagris,
                         Ocyurus chrysurus,
                         Rhomboplites aurorubens
Snowy grouper          Epinephelus niveatus,        Serranidae
                         E. morio
Southern kingcroaker   Menticirrhus spp.            Sciaenidae
Southern white         Litopenaeus schimitti        Penaeidae
Spiny dogfish          Squalus spp.                 Squalidae
Squid                  Loligo plei, L.              Loliginida
Striped soldier        Plesionika edwardsii         Pandalidae
Striped weakfish       Cynoscion striatus           Sciaenidae
Tile fish              Lopholatilus villarii        Branchiostegidae
Uruguayan lobster      Metanephrops rubellus        Nephropidae
Whitemouth croaker     Micropogonias furnieri       Sciaenidae

Table 3. Temporal variation in number of vessels, number
of trips, total landed catch (ton), and mean catch rate
(ton/trip) of the industrial double-rig fleets of Santa
Catarina State, Southern Brazil, as recorded by the Santa
Catarina Industrial Fishing Statistics Program. Pink-shrimp
vessels were separated according to the catch storage method.

Fleet                                Period


                      Vessels   Trips   Landings   ton/trip

Pink-shrimp (total)     85       444    5,040.4      11.4
Pink-shrimp freezer     27       107     883.3       8.3
Pink-shrimp icing       58       337    4,157.2      12.3
Sea-bob shrimp          39       232    3,003.4      12.9
Demersal fishes         39       287    9,063.9      31.6
Total                   163      963    17,107.8     17.8

Fleet                                Period


                      Vessels   Trips   Landings   ton/trip

Pink-shrimp (total)     89       417    5,011.5      12.0
Pink-shrimp freezer     25       85      740.8       8.7
Pink-shrimp icing       64       332    4,270.7      12.9
Sea-bob shrimp          43       176    2,126.1      12.1
Demersal fishes         37       242    7,835.3      32.4
Total                   169      835    14,973.0     17.9

Fleet                                Period


                      Vessels   Trips   Landings   ton/trip

Pink-shrimp (total)     81       355    3,631.6      10.2
Pink-shrimp freezer     23       63      529.7       8.4
Pink-shrimp icing       58       292    3,101.9      10.6
Sea-bob shrimp          43       214    2,419.5      11.3
Demersal fishes         37       250    8,579.4      34.3
Total                   161      819     14.631      17.9

Fleet                                Total

                      Vessels   Trips   Landings   ton/trip

Pink-shrimp (total)     100     1,216   13,683.5     11.3
Pink-shrimp freezer     32       255    2,153.8      8.4
Pink-shrimp icing       68       961    11,529.8     12.0
Sea-bob shrimp          47       622    7,549.0      12.1
Demersal fishes         44       779    25,478.7     32.7
Total                   191     2,617   46,711.3     17.8

Table 4. Total length (m) and main engine power (HP) of
the industrial double-rig fleets of Santa Catarina State,
southern Brazil. Values are medians (minimum-maximum).
Pink-shrimp vessels were separated according to the catch
storage method.

Fleet                 Total length   Main engine
                          (m)        power (HP)

Pink-shrimp freezer       21.9           325
                      (17.9-22.5)     (170-425)
Pink-shrimp icing         18.4          227.5
                      (13.2-24.2)     (110-425)
Sea-bob shrimp            14.6           130
                      (10.5-18.3)     (90-325)
Demersal fishes           22.1           325
                      (17.6-24.8)     (175-425)

Table 5. Operational characteristics the industrial
double-rig fleets of Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil.
Values are medians (minimum-maximum), except for number of
trips. Pink-shrimp vessels were separated according to the
catch storage method.

Fleet                 Number of trips   Days at sea   Days at fishing

Pink-shrimp freezer         216            34.5             26
                                          (3-60)          (3-50)
Pink-shrimp icing           875            18.5             15
                                          (6-36)          (3-33)
Sea-bob shrimp              464             17              14
                                          (7-30)          (3-27)
Demersal fishes             714             24              18

Fleet                 Hauls/Day   Haul duration (h)

Pink-shrimp freezer       4              5.5
                        (2-7)          (1.8-8)
Pink-shrimp icing         5              4.5
                        (2-8)           (2-7)
Sea-bob shrimp            5              4.0
                       (3-10)           (2-6)
Demersal fishes           4              4.7

Table 6. Mean ex-vessel prices of the main fishery resources
exploited by the industrial double-rig fleets of Santa Catarina
State, southern Brazil. All prices are in Brazilian currency
(US$/kg) and were standardized to the reference date of
December 2010. SD: standard deviation, Not discriminated:
items whose composition was unknown, Mixture: a specific
item of the landings composed by low-valued species landed
and sold on an aggregated basis.


Species or                      2008           2009
commercial categories
                            Mean     SD    Mean     SD

Pink-shrimp                 19.71   0.79   15.44   2.25
Southern white shrimp       7.70    1.41   9.26    0.49
Uruguayan lobster           4.50    1.30   6.71    1.76
Argentine red shrimp        3.17    0.38   3.08    0.66
Flatfishh                   3.18    0.58   3.26    0.62
Striped soldier shrimp      2.84    0.17   2.59    0.35
Squid                       0.99    0.62   2.21    1.28
Sea-bob shrimp              1.90    0.09   1.60    0.33
Monkfish                    1.34    0.15   1.47    0.19
Not discriminated           1.39    0.06   1.29    0.06
Codling                     1.19    0.06   1.33    0.16
Argentine stiletto shrimp   1.39    0.28   1.37    0.36
Brazilian codling           1.00    0.17   1.09    0.09
Sand flounder               0.88    0.10   1.10    0.14
Bluewing searobin           0.82    0.04   0.81    0.12
Argentine hake              0.78    0.13   0.84    0.08
Striped weakfish            0.78    0.12   0.81    0.07
Dogfishs                    0.54    0.00   1.00    0.00
Skate raja                  0.74    0.03   0.74    0.09
Grey triggerfish            0.74    0.13   0.69    0.08
Mixture                     0.40    0.02   0.45    0.06


Species or                      2010       Mean
commercial categories
                            Mean     SD

Pink-shrimp                 14.98   0.85   16.71
Southern white shrimp        --            8.48
Uruguayan lobster           8.52    0.00   6.58
Argentine red shrimp        3.46    0.14   3.24
Flatfishh                   2.84    0.25   3.09
Striped soldier shrimp       --            2.72
Squid                       2.82    0.21   2.01
Sea-bob shrimp              1.99    0.15   1.83
Monkfish                    1.55    0.34   1.45
Not discriminated           1.27    0.04   1.32
Codling                      --            1.26
Argentine stiletto shrimp   0.94    0.09   1.23
Brazilian codling           0.86    0.09   0.98
Sand flounder               0.72    0.05   0.90
Bluewing searobin           0.82    0.08   0.82
Argentine hake              0.79    0.15   0.80
Striped weakfish            0.73    0.15   0.78
Dogfishs                     --            0.77
Skate raja                  0.75    0.12   0.74
Grey triggerfish            0.71    0.05   0.72
Mixture                     0.46    0.08   0.44

Table 7. Weight (ton) and revenue (US$) of the main items
landed between 2008 and 2010 in Santa Catarina State by the
local industrial fleet licensed to catch pink-shrimps. Only
vessels that use cold chambers (freezers) to conserve the catch
aboard were considered. Prices were standardized to the
reference date of December 2010. Mixture: a specific item
of the landings composed by low-valued species landed and
sold on an aggregated basis.


Species or commercial            2008               2009
                             ton      US$      ton       US$

Pink-shrimp                  174   3,432,559   192    2,898,560
Squid                        43       44,641    44      154,116
Uruguayan lobster            25      135,619   19       145,334
Codling                      69       84,101    52       75,767
Mixture                      135      54,502   179       83,211
Brazilian codling            75       82,840    41       42,739
Striped soldier shrimp       33       90,368    9        25,237
Bluewing searobin            43       35,592    73       60,148
Argentine stiletto shrimp    71       82,562    --           --
Argentine red shrimp         28       84,074    0           824
Total                        883   4,327,060   741    3,617,671

                                Year                Total

Species or commercial           2010
                            ton       US$      ton     %

Pink-shrimp                 100   1,530,971     465    22
Squid                       124     365,105     211    10
Uruguayan lobster            14     121,700     58      3
Codling                      37      44,718     157     7
Mixture                      94      47,972     407    19
Brazilian codling            26      22,709     142     7
Striped soldier shrimp       6       15,168     48      2
Bluewing searobin            16      12,927     132     6
Argentine stiletto shrimp    26      22,165     97      4
Argentine red shrimp         3        8,640     31      1
Total                       530   2,280,568   2,154    81


Species or commercial
                                US$       %

Pink-shrimp                  7,862,089   77
Squid                          563,862    6
Uruguayan lobster              402,654    4
Codling                        204,587    2
Mixture                        185,685    2
Brazilian codling              148,288    1
Striped soldier shrimp         130,773    1
Bluewing searobin              108,667    1
Argentine stiletto shrimp      104,726    1
Argentine red shrimp            93,539    1
Total                       10,225,299   96

Table 8. Weight (ton) and revenue (US$) of the main items
landed between 2008 and 2010 in Santa Catarina state by the
local industrial fleet licensed to catch pink-shrimps.
Only vessels that use crushed ice to conserve the catch
aboard were considered. Prices were standardized to the
reference date of December 2010. Mixture: a specific item
of the landings composed by low-valued species landed
and sold on an aggregated basis.

Species or commercial                    Year

                              2008                2009
                          ton       US$       ton       US$

Pink-shrimp               130    2,559,972    229    3,311,348
Argentine stiletto       1,252   1,520,070   1,138   1,328,928
Argentine red shrimp      483    1,527,166     297     764,166
Flatfish                  159      508,721     167     546,255
Uruguayan lobster         35       180,962     55      341,837
Codling                   194      229,662     195     256,392
Bluewing searobin         367      302,219     296     238,004
Striped soldier shrimp    53       147,063     29       74,082
Mixture                   309      124,691     576     258,555
Squid                     27        18,589      14      46,478
Brazilian codling         191      195,203     202     219,699
Sand flounder             134      123,296     123     129,265
Skate raja                151      111,288     172     118,104
Total                    4,157   8,326,331   4,271   8,382,214

Species or commercial         Year              Total

                          ton       US$       ton     %

Pink-shrimp               125    1,907,278    484      4
Argentine stiletto        888      836,791   3,278    28
Argentine red shrimp      48        166,03    828      7
Flatfish                  81       229,234    407      4
Uruguayan lobster         37       312,784    127      1
Codling                   189      221,095    578      5
Bluewing searobin         125       95,335    788      7
Striped soldier shrimp    156      380,081    238      2
Mixture                   427      204,342   1,312    11
Squid                     136      385,116    177      2
Brazilian codling         73        62,751    466      4
Sand flounder             81        58,737    339      3
Skate raja                87         61,56    410      4
Total                    3,102   5,684,868   11,530   82

Species or commercial          Total
                            US$       %

Pink-shrimp              7,778,598    35
Argentine stiletto       3,685,789    16
Argentine red shrimp     2,457,362    11
Flatfish                 1,284,210    6
Uruguayan lobster         835,583     4
Codling                   707,149     3
Bluewing searobin         635,559     3
Striped soldier shrimp    601,226     3
Mixture                   587,588     3
Squid                     450,183     2
Brazilian codling         477,653     2
Sand flounder             311,298     1
Skate raja                290,952     1
Total                    22,393,414   90

Table 9. Weight (ton) and revenue (US$) of the main items
landed between 2008 and 2010 in Santa Catarina State by the
local industrial fleet licensed to catch sea-bob shrimp.
Prices were standardized to the reference date of December 2010.
Mixture: a specific item of the landings composed by
low-valued species landed and sold on an aggregated basis.

Species or commercial                        Year
                                 2008                2009

                             ton       US$       ton       US$

Argentine stiletto shrimp   1,702   2,132,188    999    1,158,630
Sea-bob shrimp               501      964,036    596      868,721
Argentine red shrimp         525    1,643,487    229      634,611
Southern white shrimp        10        82,005    19       165,895
Mixture                      80        45,318    113      191,369
Flatfish                     11        31,102     6        51,164
Pink-shrimp                   2        30,339     13       20,110
Total                       3,003   5,131,339   2,126   3,233,821

Species or commercial            Year             Total

                             ton       US$       ton     %

Argentine stiletto shrimp   1,040     976,405   3,741   50
Sea-bob shrimp              1,124   2,240,375   2,221   29
Argentine red shrimp         60       206,578    814    11
Southern white shrimp        15       113,630    44      1
Mixture                      66        50,962    259     3
Flatfish                      8        30,448    24      0
Pink-shrimp                   3        23,170    19      0
Total                       2,419   3,817,836   7,549   94

Species or commercial             Total

                                US$       %

Argentine stiletto shrimp    4,267,223   35
Sea-bob shrimp               4,073,132   34
Argentine red shrimp         2,484,676   20
Southern white shrimp          361,530   3
Mixture                        287,649   1
Flatfish                       112,714   1
Pink-shrimp                     73,619   2
Total                       12,182,997   96

Table 10. Weight (ton) and revenue (US$) of the main items
landed between 2008 and 2010 in Santa Catarina State by the
local industrial fleet licensed to catch demersal fishes.
Prices were standardized to the reference date of December
2010. Not discriminated: items whose composition were unknown.

Species or commercial                     Year

categories                   2008                 2009

                         ton       US$        ton       US$

Codling                 2,182    2,612,909   2,388   3,157,721
Flatfish                 659     2,155,298    553    1,904,528
Argentine hake           894       716,485   1,210   1,053,460
Bluewing searobin       1,214    1,010,630    542      422,346
Monkfish                 242       327,107    322      473,905
Brazilian codling        574       590,406    240      258,841
Not discriminated        386       612,561    131      203,615
Skate raja               378       308,059    327      231,558
Striped weakfish         296       213,553    216      174,155
Grey triggerfish         225       170,063    264      168,853
Total                   9,064   10,723,166   7,835   9,981,431

Species or commercial        Year              Total

                         ton       US$       ton      %

Codling                 2,194   2,508,868   6,764    27
Flatfish                 493    1,391,747   1,704     7
Argentine hake           961      753,176   3,065    12
Bluewing searobin        773      609,799   2,529    10
Monkfish                 557      882,953   1,121     4
Brazilian codling        299      259,252   1,113     4
Not discriminated        122      161,347    638      3
Skate raja               358      255,777   1,064     4
Striped weakfish         277      204,784    790      3
Grey triggerfish         322      230,278    811      3
Total                   8,579   8,959,541   25,479   77

Species or commercial          Total

                           US$        %

Codling                  8,279,498   28
Flatfish                 5,451,573   18
Argentine hake           2,523,120   8
Bluewing searobin        2,042,775   7
Monkfish                 1,683,966   6
Brazilian codling        1,108,499   4
Not discriminated          977,523   3
Skate raja                 795,394   3
Striped weakfish           592,492   2
Grey triggerfish           569,195   2
Total                   29,664,139   81

Table 11. Percentage of species in common in licenses and
landings of the industrial double-rig fleets of Santa Catarina
State, Southern Brazil, monitored between 2008 and 2010.
Pink-shrimp vessels were separated according to the catch
storage method. Because licenses are the same for all pink
-shrimp vessels regardless of their storage method, percentages
were repeated in the table when comparing species listed in
their respective licenses with the other fleets.

Fleet                                     Criteria


                      Pink-shrimp   Pink-shrimp   Sea-bob   Demersal
                        freezer        icing      shrimp     fishes

Pink-shrimp freezer       --            --         40.9       71.1
Pink-shrimp icing         --            --         40.9       71.1
Sea-bob shrimp           40.9          40.9         --        31.8
Demersal fishes          71.1          71.1        31.8        --

Fleet                                      Criteria


                      Pink-shrimp   Pink-shrimp   Sea-bob   Demersal
                        freezer        icing      shrimp     fishes

Pink-shrimp freezer       --           70.8        71.0       73.2
Pink-shrimp icing        70.8           --         71.0       82.4
Sea-bob shrimp           71.0          71.0         --        66.2
Demersal fishes          73.2          82.4        66.2        --
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