Regulatory News

The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, a wildlife sanctuary in northeastern Brazil, is one of the main points for spinner dolphin watching in Brazil. But the large influx of tourist boats that sail the area for spotting cetaceans worries environmentalists. That's because many companies go to great lengths to bring the boats closer animals.

According to experts from the Center for Aquatic Mammals at the Chico Mendes Institute, this practice harms mainly calves. The archipelago is a breeding area for spinner dolphins, and intense movement of boats disorients newborns. Among the solutions under study are to establish limits on the number of vessels and increased supervision.

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