Development of Sport Fishing

Amateur fishing promotes sustainable development

About 3000 foreign tourists to land every year only on Amazon for amateur fishing. With the development of the activity, the region also happens to rely on more hotels, boats and specialized services to meet the growing market in angling that moves billions of dollars around the world.

Only in the United States, Bill $38 billion annually. The data on the newest publication of the National Program of development of amateur fishing-PNDPA, executed by Ibama.

PNDPA-tourism and environment is an x-ray of the amateur fishing in Brazil from the implementation of the program in 1997. The publication reveals the full potential of the activity in the country, considered the most important destination of amateur fishing in the world. In 107 pages richly illustrated, the publication lists the main fish species that occur in basins in Brazil, the most important fishing areas and communities that survive of the activity. The text also lists the rules for the amateur fisherman and the procedures for obtaining of fishing licences, currently available on Internet (www.ibama.gov.br/pescaamadora).

Sustainable Activity

Able to generate development, especially in remote regions, the amateur fishing reconciles tourism with environmental conservation. The amateur fishing occurs in all watersheds, coastal region and in mangrove areas. Therefore, the activity is designed to cause the least environmental impact. Therein lies one of the major functions performed by the PNDPA. Through the stimulus to research in the areas of fishing, the awareness of entrepreneurs in the sector to environmental issues, training of fishing guides, fishing child workshops and educational publications, the program seeks to create a consciousness that integrates the various interests of the society.

The PNDPA demonstrates that targeted fishing tourism is able to generate sustainable development benefits for the tourist, local communities, entrepreneurs and, mainly, for the water resources and fisheries.