Shark & Skate Fisheries Data Analysis Intern
Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio) & Centro Nacional de Pesquisa e Conservação da Biodiversidade Marinha do Sudeste e Sul (CEPSUL)
This internship focused on supporting research on endemic and endangered species of sharks and skate to better understand fishing patterns in Brazil as part of a broader effort to improve management and conservation. Caio was responsible for characterizing and analyzing data from bottom-trawl and bottom-gillnet fleets on species of concern in Brazil. Through analysis of landings data and biological sampling data, the intern was tasked with describing key fishing areas in Southern Brazil, as well as seasonality of capture, and providing researchers with an estimate of fishing mortality for key species specific to the region. Lastly, the intern was tasked with making recommendations for management and conservation to collaborating fisheries centers, based in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil.