Linha D’Água Sharks and Rays Call for Proposals – Fishing wisdom: diagnosis and awareness of fishermen and students of the santa catarina island coast about the role of sharks and rays in the oceans

Location: Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.

Partner: Cooperativa para Proteção e Conservação dos Recursos Naturais – CAIPORA (Cooperative for the Protection and Conservation of Natural Resources).

Date: January 2017 to May 2018.

What is society’s real perception about the role of sharks and rays in the oceans and how to raise awareness about this theme? To answer this question the Fishing Wisdom Project, developed by CAIPORA, organized a pilot with artisanal fishermen and, on a larger scale, public school students in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina. The initiative undertook a diagnosis of the perception these groups have of the role and the importance of the elasmobranchs in the oceans, as well as the role of mankind in marine ecosystems. Based on the results of the diagnosis, materials were developed for a campaign to promote awareness among these specific groups, as well as material for the media (print, radio and social media) for more widespread circulation. Finally, with support from public sector partners and strategic actors, a debate was proposed aimed at aligning the objectives of the different institutions and registering their commitment to the development of public policies that encompass the conservation of sharks and rays, aimed at the educational area, politicians and the fishing sector. The debate occurred in an event in the first half of 2018.