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Towards a dialogue of knowledge between subsistence fishermen, shellfish gatherers and environmental labor law

Ingrid Gil Sales Carvalho Rita de Cássia Franco Rêgo Cristina Larrea-Killinger Júlio César de Sá da Rocha Paulo Gilvane Lopes Pena Louise Oliveira Ramos Machado About the authors

The dialogue of knowledge between subsistence fishermen and shellfish gatherers on the right to a healthy working environment is established as a new process for claims for an improvement in working conditions by populations affected by environmental problems, and especially in Todos os Santos Bay (BTS). The communities surrounding the BTS have complained to the State Public Prosecutor about the harmful effects to health and the environment caused by the Aratu Industrial Complex and the Port of Aratu. Researchers in the fields of, chemistry, toxicology, oceanography, biology and medicine from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) have demonstrated the effects of contamination on the BTS in sundry scientific publications. The scope of this article is to reflect on the contribution of that dialogue on environmental labor law (DAT) in Brazil. The methodology of this study involved semi-structured interviews, participant observation and document analysis. The conclusion reached is that environmental labor law in Brazil must include the dialogue of knowledge to ensure access to a healthy working environment for subsistence fishermen and shellfish gatherers.

Environmental labor law; Dialogue of knowledge; Environmental contamination; small-scale fisherman; Shellfish gatherer

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