Regulatory News

On the coast of the states of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo and Rio Grande do Sul, lives the second most endangered dolphin species in the world. Best known as a porpoise (Pontoporia blainvillei), it is one of the smallest dolphins in the world and usually lives near the coast, at a depth of up to 35 meters. And it is at precisely this location that the animal is at risk: bycatching is its main enemy.

Even without being targeted by fishermen, porpoises end up being caught in nets and drowning because they are mammals and need to go to the surface to breathe. The Porpoise Project, which aims to protect and research the porpoise in Santa Catarina, estimated the species at 25,000 in Brazil. However, about a thousand are killed each year in fishing nets.

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