Shellfish farming in Florianopolis. (Photo: Prefeitura Municipal de Florianopolis)
Shellfish farmers retake activity in Florianopolis
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 02:40 (GMT + 9)
Representatives of the Federal Public Ministry (FPM) agreed with environmental agencies, shellfish producers, members of the Union and of the Agricultural Research and Rural Extension Corporation of the State of Santa Catarina (Epagri), the resumption of mariculture in Florianopolis.
The agreement reached supersedes the indefinite suspension of the activity on the coast of Great Florianopolis, the largest shellfish producing area of the country. The Federal Court had established this measure a few days ago, after complying with a civil action from the FPM.
The court decision was motivated by a public civil action questioning the state body Environmental Foundation (Fatma), responsible for the granting of environmental licenses for the activity.
The suspension order came after an oil spill in an abandoned station of Santa Catarina Power Plant (Celesc), in the south of the Santa Catarina Island.
During the conciliation hearing, the parties agreed to meet six proposals, Globo reported.
- Building a database of technical information related to each farming area, such as location, seafood producer cadastre and monitoring data;
- By the end of 2014, the relocation of farms in new areas should be completed, and exploration of previously occupied sites will be prohibited;
- Information regarding the licensing process, assignment and tender of mariculture activities should be available on the website of each entity involved;
- No aquaculture area may be tendered outside the boundaries of the aquaculture parks that already have obtained favourable opinions from environmental authorities;
- The Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) will be previously consulted on the Federal Conservation Units;
- Competent public entities involved in the licensing undertake to seek alternatives to include analysis of heavy metals and persistent organic products in the current monitoring system. They are allowed a 60-day period to report the technical and financial viability of the request.
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By Analia Murias