To ensure that harvesting activities are within the law, and that destructive techniques are abolished, Cooperativa dos Produtos de Ostras de Cananéia promotes community enforcement of regulations. The group has established their own oyster brand. By skipping middlemen and building a reputation for a quality product, they have tripled the price received for their catch. As well, the installation of nurseries in all communities now allows harvesting even when the natural harvesting season is closed. Through increased incomes and an improved framework for conservation, the work of the Cooperativa dos Produtos de Ostras de Cananéia demonstrates the power of community-driven efforts to conserve biodiversity and provide for sustainable economic development.
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