[MARMAM] New publication: The human dimension of the conflict between fishermen and South American sea lions in southern Brazil

Rodrigo Machado ecomachado at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 05:20:21 PST 2015

Dear colleagues,

*I am pleased to announce the publication of 1 paper about **The human
dimension of the conflict between fishermen and South American sea lions in
southern Brazil*

*Abstract: *We analysed the fishermen’s perceptions on the South American
sea lions (*Otaria flavescens*) and its interactions with the local fishery
close to the Wildlife Refuge of Ilha dos Lobos, a marine protected area in
southern Brazil. Sea lions prey upon the same resources targeted by the
fishermen. They repeatedly hunt on the nets and consequently damage them.
In response, fishermen persecute sea lions. However, in conflicts with
high-profile animals, the perceived damage often exceeds the actual
evidence. Results from 100 interviews revealed that fishermen’s perception
of damage and their attitudes were affected by age, hierarchical position
in the crew, if fishing was the only source of income, and level of formal
education. Greater perception of damage and more negative attitude were
found among older, less educated sailor fishermen who had no other source
of income besides fishing. The average fisherman had a relatively good
knowledge about sea lions, but also a negative attitude towards them. We
recommend actions addressing these negative attitudes through environmental
education, with emphasis on adjusting exaggerated perceptions of impact and
the potential of the species for wildlife tourism, as a vital step towards
the conciliation of sustainable fisheries and *O. flavescens* conservation
in the Brazilian coast.

Full text is available at:


Best regards,

Rodrigo Machado

Grupo de Estudos de Mamíferos Aquáticos do Rio Grande do Sul (GEMARS).



Pós-Graduação em Biologia Animal, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do
Sul. Av. Bento Gonçalves n° 9500, Bloco IV, Prédio 43435, Porto Alegre, RS
91509-900, Brasil

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rodrigo_Machado2

Skype: ecomachado
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