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Published on Oct 31, 2012
Partner Spotlight: Albino. Descended from generations of fishermen in Brazil, Albino Neves has seen local fisheries face unprecedented threats during his lifetime. Now he's part of the solution.
In 2000, when CI and partners supported the creation of the Corumbau Marine Extractive Reserve, a protected area that bans industrial and destructive fishing, many fishermen were skeptical. They were concerned that restrictions on fishing areas would decrease their catch and reduce the income they depend upon to provide for their families.
In fact, the opposite turned out to be true. As fish populations boomed within the no-take zones, they spilled over into the extractive areas, where they were accessible to fishermen.
"It makes me happy to know that I am part of a protected area whose creation I fought for," said Neves. "We needed this protected area, and now it is giving us a positive response, so this is something that I have in my heart to tell other fellow men who are fighting for the creation of conservation areas."