Thursday, August 05, 2010

Fishing and Adventure tourism in Brazil


Fishing is any kind of capture or extraction of animal or vegetable elements that live in water. Thus, fishing tourism includes the tourist activities arising from the practice of amateur fishing.

As from 1998, sport fishing has officially been considered as a tourist segment, with incentives from the National Program for the Development of Amateur Fishing (PNDPA) and, later, through a partnership with the Special Secretariat for Aquaculture and Fishing, of the Presidency of the Republic.

Any fish below the minimum size for capture should be returned to the water, and the maximum fishing allowance must be respected.

Be an environmentally-friendly fisherman by respecting the following rules:

• Get your permit for amateur fishing.

• Respect allowances for capture and transport.

• Respect minimum sizes for capture.

• Release forbidden species.

• Do not fish where it is not allowed.

• Do not introduce new species.


Adventure tourism is the practice of recreational activities, on a non-competitive basis, that involves challenges and overcoming obstacles. Brazil is one of the most important destinations for the public who seek this type of tourist activity, and stands out more and more by the day, both inside and outside the country.

In adventure tourism, the physical and sensorial experiences provide feelings of pleasure and freedom. These activities can be carried out in different locations, whether natural or constructed, rural or urban, on land or in water.

The most important activities in Brazil are tree canopying, cycling activities, cave exploration, equestrian and off-road activities, bungee jumping, rafting, canyoning, walking, mountaineering, abseiling, zip wiring, boiacross, canoeing, diving, delta-wing flying, ballooning, paragliding, parachuting and ultralight gliding.

The Special Adventurers Project carries out researches and promotes adaptations to equipment and services for the practice of adventure activities for the differently-abled. You may read more about the project in the orientation book about adventure, issued by the Ministry of Tourism.

Those who benefit economically from adventure tourism are suppliers of equipment, insurance firms and associated activities, as well as those in the regions that welcome the tourists.

Adventure tourism should maintain attitudes that avoid and reduce the negative impact on the environment as much as possible, while respecting and adding value to the communities that welcome the tourists. For this reason, the Ministry of Tourism has developed standards for adventure seekers, according to international standards, and has also created a certificate for commitment to security, procedures and equipment.

In Brazil, fishing tourism is gaining more and more followers, due to the sheer size of the Brazilian territory, coastline and waterways, and also through the diversity of species of fish in the country. This is not only a pleasant pastime, but also helps tourist destinations to preserve their natural resources. The Brazilian cities that stand out in this segment are Vitória (ES), Ilha Mexiana (PA), Arraial do Cabo (RJ), Guaíra (PR), and Angra dos Reis (RJ).

For those who love sport fishing there is a wide variety of fish, with the main species including the large peacock bass, the dorado and the jatuarana. In ocean fishing, the country is sufficiently large to be home to the common swordfish, jack, marlin and wahoo.

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