On Wednesday, June 28, at the Espaço Azul venue in Rio de Janeiro, OceanPact, the Urban Sea Institute and the Z-13 Fishing Colony launched an exhibition called “100th Anniversary of the Z-13 Fishing Colony.” It celebrates the colony’s history, displaying historic photos taken by Marc Ferre (part of the Gilberto Ferrez Collection in the archives of the Moreira Salles Institute) and documentary photographs by Andre Arruda.
“Fishing is not as good now as it was 100 years ago, but we are surviving. Here we can meet and talk about everything. This is a very special moment. I’m happy, on the most famous beach in the world, witnessing all this evolution,” said the president of the Z-13 Fishing Colony, José Manoel Rebouças.
Photographer Andre Arruda noted that the first residents of Copacabana were fishermen. “This exhibition brings them much-needed recognition and puts the Z-13 colony on the map,” he said.
According to OceanPact’s sustainability manager, Ana Lyra, the company’s support for the exhibition reinforces our partnerships and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below Water.
“Fishermen are in close contact with the sea. They bring us indicators of how the sea is doing, which is one of our main concerns. This exhibition is a tribute to them and it is very gratifying to see these fishermen recognizing themselves,” she said.
The launch was also attended by OceanPact’s new business and sustainability director, Fernando Borensztein; the founder of the Urban Sea Institute, Ricardo Gomes; fishermen from the Z-13 colony; and OceanPact employees.
Admission to the exhibition is free. Espaço Azul is open from Wednesday to Sunday, between 10 am and 5 pm.