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Cablegate: Brazil: Supportive of U.S. Proposals Commission for The

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UNCLAS BRASILIA 002012

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DEPT FOR OES/OA FOR GUSTAVO BISBAL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EFIS SENV PHSA BR
SUBJECT: BRAZIL: SUPPORTIVE OF U.S. PROPOSALS COMMISSION FOR THE
CONSERVATION OF ANTARCTIC MARINE LIVING RESOURCES


1. (U) THIS CABLE IS SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED AND NOT FOR
INTERNET DISTRIBUTION.

REF: SECSTATE 138243

2. (SBU) SCICOUNS delivered reftel points on October 11 October to
Government of Brazil (GOB) Ministry of Exterior Relations (MRE)
Director for Space, Marine and Antarctic Affairs, Counselor Bernardo
Velloso, and his assistant for fisheries matters, Third Secretary
Ronaldo Lima Vieira. These MRE officials were interested in the
U.S. proposals. The GOB looks forward to receiving more details at
the October 22 to November 2 Commission for the Conservation of
Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Hobart,
Australia. While generally favorable towards the two U.S. proposals
in reftel, Velloso said the GOB would need to see the details before
making any definitive decisions.

3. (SBU) On bottom fishing, Velloso stated that the GOB already had
measures against drift nets and so he "supposed Brazil will be
favorable" to the proposal at CCAMLR, especially with regards to
protecting sensitive areas. With respect to a performance review of
CCAMLR in an effort to strengthen it, Velloso indicated that GOB was
supportive of strengthening CCAMLR. He was concerned, however,
about financial contributions to CCAMLR, a problem which has to be
dealt with. CCAMLR needs to address the "free rider" problem. It
is fundamental that CCAMLR receive sufficient funding to carry out
its tasks, so delinquent members should somehow be encouraged to pay
their shares. Nonetheless, he was opposed to imposing penalties or
interest on late payments.

4. (SBU) In addition, Velloso was interested in CCAMLR possibly
taking on illegal unreported and unregulated fisheries. He
understood that Australia and the EU had a proposal on this. He
wanted these fisheries dealt with through international efforts, but
not through any unilateral actions.

5. (SBU) The Brazilian delegation will consist of Professor Edith
Fanta, who is the current Chair of the CCAMLR Science Committee, and
Mr. Felipe Hees from the Brazilian Embassy in Canberra.

SOBEL

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