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Reducing the use of fishing nets can decrease the mortality of porpoises (Pontoporia blainvillei) by up to 72%. This is one of the smallest dolphin species in the world and is only found along the coast that runs from the state of Espírito Santo to Argentina. This is what the study by oceanographers from the Foundation University of Rio Grande (FURG) has indicated.

As coastal animals by habit, porpoises are very sensitive to this type of fishing, which uses nets that can extend up to 30 kilometers and are located between 5 and 20 feet deep. According to the study, when nets are more than 20 meters below the surface, the death rate drops dramatically.

The porpoise is classified as a species in danger of extinction, according to the Black List by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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