Regulatory News

Brazil will give five manatees to the French government to help in a repopulation project on the coast of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean. The island, which is the largest of the French Antilles, was a habitat of cetaceans, which has been extinct in the region for over a hundred years.

The animals that will be given are in the final phase of a clinical and laboratory evaluation in the Aquatic Mammals Center, an agency of the Ministry of Environment. "This initiative is important for the preservation of the species, and the intention of restocking is to form a group that can promote the recovery of manatees in that Caribbean region, where the species disappeared, as well as increase the area of occurrence of the species in the world,” said Boris Lerebours, a coordinator of the French program.

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