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Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 46.1 (2023) Pages: 25-33

Aquatic wild meat consumption of cetaceans in São Tomé and Príncipe (Gulf of Guinea)

Nuno, A., Fernandes, C., Guedes, M., Loloum, B., Matos, L., Nazaré, L., Carvalho, I.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2023.46.0025

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Abstract

Relatively little is known about cetaceans in São Tomé and Príncipe and in recent years, some episodes of cetacean bycatch and human consumption have been described. Aiming to provide insight into the reliance upon cetaceans as a source of meat, we present findings from complementary studies conducted in the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe from 2012 to 2021. Based on interviews with local residents, we assessed the prevalence of human consumption of cetaceans and identified potential sociodemographic drivers. This study provides the first comprehensive assessment of harvest (direct remove or incidental take) and consumption of cetaceans (mainly the family Delphinidae) in the country. These findings will be useful in the development of regional conservation measures and contribute to our understanding of anthropogenic activities affecting cetacean populations in the Gulf of Guinea.

Keywords

Africa, Atlantic Ocean, Conservation, Direct capture, Fisheries, Incidental catches

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Nuno, A., Fernandes, C., Guedes, M., Loloum, B., Matos, L., Nazaré, L., Carvalho, I., 2023. Aquatic wild meat consumption of cetaceans in São Tomé and Príncipe (Gulf of Guinea). Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 46: 25-33, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2023.46.0025

Reception date:

02/08/2022

Acceptation date:

21/11/2022

Publication date:

27/12/2022

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