Regulatory News

Just in the first five months of this year, 28 estuarine dolphins have been found dead in Sepetiba Bay on the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The number is alarming, according to environmentalists, and reflects the illegal fishing and especially the pollution affecting the waters of the region. Researcher Leonardo Flack, the NGO Dolphin Grey Institute, said that under normal conditions, there would only be a maximum of one death of the species per month.

Analyses performed on the dead cetaceans have shown high levels of heavy metals, indicating contamination by pollutants. According to the NGO, more than 300 estuarine dolphins have died in the region since 2005. Sepetiba Bay has the largest population of estuarine dolphin in Brazil - currently there are about a thousand.

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