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Date: 05-Mar-2014
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This is not a problem that will clear up quickly, even if pollution was to be curbed immediately.


March 4, 2014, 4:10 pm

Activists and shellfish gatherers in Suape, Brazil, believe industrial pollution is ruining the shellfish population, reports the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

Shellfish gatherers who have done the job for decades, say fishing has become more difficult recently, due to a chemical in the water which kills everything. It is thought the pollution comes from the nearby port complex in the Pernambuco state of Brazil, touted as on the of the region’s main economic engines.

Workers say the mud makes them itch, because of the oil and because of the debris that is thrown in the sea. It is reported that it burns the skin of shellfish gatherers.

According to the state’s rural worker training program, women comprise 5,200 of the 8,700-strong local fishing community. They harvest shellfish standing in the water or meandering through mangrove forests on the shore.

It is reported that, fisherwomen, who used get 20 to 30 kilos of shellfish in a week, now take a whole week to get 2 or 3 kilos. Hundreds if not thousands of other women along the Pernambuco coast share this experience, reports the Guardian.

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