Regulatory News


The Abrolhos National Marine Park on the southern coast of Bahia received a higher number of visitors during Carnaval (Mardi Gras) this year compared with the same period in 2012. The region is known to be a sanctuary for humpback whales, which use the warm, shallow waters to mate and reproduce, and home to the largest coral site in the South Atlantic.

This year, 230 people visited the park during the holiday season, 15% more than during Carnaval 2012. Tourists dove, observed the local fauna and hiked on the trails. In Abrolhos, the visibility of the water varies between 20 and 40 feet deep. Another attraction was the life-size replica of a humpback whale, exhibited at the sanctuary’s headquarters.

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