Regulatory News

In an initiative devised by the NGO Grey Dolphin Institute, fishermen working in Sepetiba Bay, on the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, started educational tours with tourists in the region this February. The area has the largest concentration of gray dolphins – an endangered species - in Latin America.

According to the NGO, there are about 2000 of the cetacean species in Sepetiba Bay. They usually swim in groups of up to 200 individuals, a spectacle to be in. Despite this presence of porpoises in the region, the mortality rate from unnatural causes, such as bycatch and ingestion of objects left by man, is two times higher than what is considered acceptable.

To help preserve the species, the Grey Dolphin Institute has trained the fishermen to act as guides which can give them an extra source of income.

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