Artisanal fishery of the mangrove crab Ucides cordatus (Ucididae) and first steps toward a successful co-management in Bragança, North Brazil

Karen Diele, Ana Araújo, Marion Glaser, Ulrich Salzmann

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Abstract

The Bragança district in north Brazil offers a unique opportunity for examining the functioning of a small-scale mangrove crab fishery. North Brazilian mangroves are extensive and the large crab Ucides cordatus is very abundant, even though this slow-growing species has been exploited for decades all year round. Ucides sustains a considerable annual yield of ∼7 tons per km² in this district, and 42% of the rural coastal households are involved in the collection or commercialisation of this crab. We describe capture techniques and main outcomes of 8 years of participatory fisheries monitoring, evaluate the status of the U. cordatus population and characterize the commercialisation of the crabs. The average number of crab collectors working on Bragança peninsula each day was 121 ± 105 (
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMangrove Dynamics and Management in North Brazil
EditorsUlrich Saint-Paul, Horacio Schneider
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSpringer
Pages287-297
Number of pages402
Volume211
ISBN (Print)978-3642134562
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameEcological Studies: Analysis and Synthesis
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Electronic)0070-8356

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