Regulatory News

The idea of the Brazilian government to transfer five manatees to the coast of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, has provoked controversy. A group of 17 conservationist sent a letter to the Ministry of Environment and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) requesting that independent experts be consulted on the 'export'.

The fear of conservationists is that the animals going to Guadeloupe, in addition to harming the program of reintroduction of the species along the Brazilian coast, may interfere with the reproduction of the Caribbean manatees, since the two populations are distinct. The initiative to bring the aquatic mammals - extinct on the Caribbean island for over a century - was taken after an agreement with the French government.

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