A sense of peace in a night walk by the river Para√≠ba do Sul is indescribable. Gasoline is over the small boat and the oars were our allies back to the village Beira Rio’m beside Vladimir Ramos, 43, born and raised on the river. “My father brought me from small to fish here,” he says. He leads us upstream without using flashlights. The Para√≠ba is your home. We sailed through the night gathering networks launched in the afternoon. The simplicity of Vladimir has the purest sync with the silence of the river.
We found that otters destroyed a dozen curimbat√°s, a species that sustain local fishing, leaving only remnants that Vladimir does not reject. As a child, he says, the daily fishing with his father yielded between 15 and 25 kg of fish of varied species. “That time is not coming back, going forward will only get worse.’m Not very hopeful.” Pollutants discharged coming from industries Jacare√≠ and S√£o Jos√© dos Field, near the cities Sao Paulo, reduced biodiversity of the river. “In the 40s, when I was a child my father had to Alligator River floodplain,” says Vladimir. Fisherman exaggerations aside, the reduction of fish the last decade has transformed the lives of its fishing community. In the late ’90s, Vladimir and his brothers ran a fish stall in the market hall that worked every day of the week. It was supplied by the family with daily fish production done in Para√≠ba. “We sell about 10 kinds of fish, Curimbat√°, Tra√≠ra, Tilapia, Mandi, Paiabanha, Catfish, Lambari. Fished up to 40kg per day,” says Vladimir. Today, the individual fisheries are limited to a maximum of 5 kg.
Much has changed in activities of fishermen, was working in construction. “I beaks as a mason and gardener. But what I really like is to get my boat and go down the river,” I hear a villager Beira Rio The fishing community is installed at the site for 40 years. Today, it has 140 residents say they feel part of a unique and harmonious family.
The city intends to remove them because they represent claims that an environmental risk to the river. It’s not what you see. The sites try to recycle waste dumped into the river.
They denounce a recurring sewage dump, which would come from the multinational Monsanto. Oil stains are common. Dona Antonia Ramos, 62, oldest resident and local leader, had allergies and skin irritations after contact with contaminated water. “At the hospital nobody explained what was the disease. My son took water directly from the river on the same day and had a terrible intoxication, almost dies” reports. She says witness the growing dearth of fish over the last 20 years. Fishing is prohibited by law in the spawning season, which occurs between 15 November and 1 March little point, there are almost no fish.