Regulatory News


To mark the 20th anniversary of the program for reintroducing manatees to their natural habitat, four animals were returned to the sea. The project was developed by the National Centre for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Mammals (CMA) in Itamaracá, on the coast of Pernambuco, and has helped 46 animals to return to living in the ocean.

The manatee is the most endangered aquatic mammal in Brazil and runs the risk of extinction due to being netted, run over by ships, and ingesting garbage dumped into the water. The program rescues animals that are brought to the CMA, where they receive veterinary care. Then they are kept in natural habitat setting, where they can readapt to tidal changes, temperature, salinity and turbidity. Only after this step they are returned to the open sea.

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