STORY: Without fish to catch, fishermen are collecting trash instead
as part of an initiative by Brazilian environmental group BVRio Institute
and Ogyre, an Italian enterprise dedicated to cleaning oceans
Location: Guanabara Bay, Brazil
[Francinaldo Alves da Silva, Fisherman]
"Before, it was wonderful. In your front door, you could catch plenty of shrimp and fish. Today, to catch fish you need to travel far. You need to buy gas for a boat like this and it’s expensive to come here."
[Aylton Rodrigues Martins, Fisherman]
"If you see the sea 50 years ago and the one that exists now, it’s horrible! Nowadays people aren't conscious. They throw anything that doesn't work in the sea. They think the sea is a dump. The sea is not a dump. The sea is how we all survive. The fish and turtles have freedom, without trash."
The fishermen are paid above the minimum wage for two days of work
[Pedro Mendes, Circular Economy Expert / BVRio Institute]
"Practically the fishermen cannot get anything from the sea anymore. Sometimes they leave to go fishing and they don't get enough to cover the expenses of gas and the boat. The project helps cover their needs. It is very good because besides having the environmental part, it has a very strong social component."
The project is expected to last 12 months and collect up to 110 tons of trash