The recent shark attacks in Pernambuco lit a warning signal for the government and also for bathers. Three people were attacked by sharks this March in the state, the number raised concern. So much so that the State decided to resume the partnership with the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE) for research and monitoring that had been interrupted since 2014.
Paulo Oliveira, coordinator of the Department of Fishing and Agriculture Engineering at UFRPE says that it is necessary to look into the causes of the attacks. “We are talking about a marine animal. We are talking about the causes that are making these animals come closer to the coast, that they remain longer on the coast. This is all related to the generalized degradation of coastal ecosystems”, he points out.
The state government also announced the return of the activities of the State Committee for Monitoring Incidents with Sharks (CEMIT) and, now, it is linked to the Environment Secretariat, no longer to Social Defense.
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In all, 77 people have been injured by shark attacks in Pernambuco since the 1990s. Biologist Paulo Melo explains that the beaches in the Metropolitan Region were not the route for the animals, the change came with the construction of the Porto de Suape in the municipality of Ipojuca .
“There is this big problem that is the port, a big project that changes that place without proper consultation with the native populations there, who understand the dynamics of that place. Besides, also without the study that could have some influence on how that project goes be implemented and maintained. Without this study regarding biology, ecology and other aspects of local chemistry and physics as well. That is, you implement something, but you are blind to all the impacts that can happen. That’s what we observe today there in the region of Suape”, points out the biologist.
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*Adapted to Iyalê Tahyrine’s website.
Source: BdF Pernambuco
Editing: Elen Carvalho
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