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Fishing nets, which are spread over an area of ​​up to 30 kilometers for up to 14 hours before being collected, represent a great danger to porpoises, the smallest dolphin species in the world. With a habitat on the coastal strip running from southeastern Brazil to Argentina, the porpoise is very sensitive to this type of fishing, since it is small and lives near the coast.

A study made by oceanographer Emanuel Carvalho Ferreira, from the Foundation University of Rio Grande (FURG), indicates that the mortality of porpoises decreases 72% when nets are placed further from the shore, in areas deeper than 20 meters.

The researcher sent a recommendation for the creation of a protected area for porpoises in shallower depths to the Ministries of Fisheries and the Environment.

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