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Researchers working in the Campos Basin – the main oil exploration region in Brazil – found four fish species that were previously unknown. Started in 2007 and sponsored by Petrobras, the study also noted 22 species whose presence in the region had never been registered.

The Regional Environmental Characterization of the Campos Basin Project was part of the licensing process so that Petrobras could work there. The research objective is to better understand the area’s marine ecosystem and to monitor environmental impacts.

“The study is completely new and produced a large photograph of the Campos Basin. In addition to the four new fish species, there should be more micro-organisms. Having reliable information is fundamental to knowing about the impact from oil-drilling activity. In better understanding the environment, we can plan different strategies, including the creation of conservation units,” said Cristiano Vilardo, coordinator for IBAMA Gas and Oil.

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