Regulatory News

One of the main tourist destinations in Brazil, Porto de Galinhas Beach in the state of Pernambuco, receives around one million visitors each year, attracted by its beaches and natural pools – areas surrounded by reefs and full of fish. But this intense movement has an impact. A study from the Federal University of Pernambuco showed that in that in areas where there is a greater presence of swimmers and boats there is a 55% decrease in the existence of microcrustaceans and 11% in the variety of fish.

The survey was conducted at the most visited reef, 150 meters from the beach. There is easy access and another access which is isolated by buoys and ropes, and swimmers are prohibited there. To avoid major damage, the presence of people is limited to 20% of the 260,000 square kilometers of the Porto de Galinhas reef ledge.

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