Regulatory News

Brazil removed the humpback whale from the list of endangered species in the country. Now the cetacean has been moved to "near threatened" list. Announced by the Minister of the Environment, Isabela Teixeira, the rating change was due to the increase in the animal population.

Nearly 30 years ago, there were between 500 and 800 humpbacks living in the Abrolhos Islands region, in southern Bahia, the region with main concentration of the species in the country. Fourteen thousand whales were sighted during the last aerial count made in 2011. The next census, scheduled for this year, the expectation is that the number could jump to 20,000.

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