Impact of environmental degradation on fishers’ livelihoods

Impact of environmental degradation on fishers’ livelihoods

The following case study of a Brazilian mangrove community located in an industrial area, Vila dos Pescadores (Fishers’ Village), analyzes the impact that environmental degradation has on fishers’ livelihoods. Located in the city of Cubatão, Southeastern Brazil, fishers at Vila dos Pescadores encounter various environmental issues that are a barrier to support their livelihoods. Some of these environmental issues are industrial and urban pollution that affect the breeding grounds of fish and shellfish in mangrove areas. It is essential that the government invests in environmental education in the city’s mangrove slum areas and enforces environmental laws in the industrial hub.

The documentary is part of Cintia Gillam’s Master’s of Arts in International Development Studies thesis at Saint Mary’s University, and is based on her field research trip between July and August 2014.