Programmed under the Environment Week (whose theme proposed by the United Nations for 2017 is “Sustainable Tourism for Development”), the Port of Açu will sponsor the First Ecoanzol Sea Bass Boat Fishing Contest, in Campos. The goal is to encourage sport fishing associated with environmental preservation. The fishing contest, organized by NGO Ecoanzol, will be held next Saturday in the Paraíba do Sul River, which stands out in the sea bass reproductive cycle. In order to protect the species, the fish caught will be evaluated for the contest and thrown back into the water.
“Supporting sustainable tourism, also by supporting the fishing contest, is a way to encourage water sports, which are very pleasing in the region, while strengthening good environmental practices in our community. Combining these goals is excellent for the region, spreading respect for the environment along with actions that attract jobs and income to the tourism industry,” said Gleide Gomes, Social Responsibility coordinator of the Port of Açu.
On Saturday, there will be other attractions for those attending the event, such as the solidarity economy fair, a sustainable food court and photo exhibits and films focusing on environmental education.
The contest will start at 9 a.m. at Cais da Lapa and is expected to end at 4 p.m. The top 10 fishermen will receive awards such as a camping tent, rod kits, and bait kits. The first prize is a boat.
“We have a wonderful hydric and environmental scene in our region to foster sustainable tourism, while sport fishing is a tool to spread this idea. The action is environmentally correct, causes no damage to the environment and generates income. Our wish is the repetition of this first event, so that the project continues in the coming years,” said Luiza Salles, the chairwoman of Ecoanzol.
The contest is already on the national calendar and was granted a seal by the Brazilian Fishing and Casting Federation – Nova Pesca Brasil (CBPL-NPB).