Regulatory News

Judge Timothy Rafael Piangers for the Federal Court has forbidden boats for whale watching tours to circulate along the south coast of the state of Santa Catarina. According to the Decision, the measure will only be suspended after the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity (ICMBio) presents a plan to monitor whale-watching tourism in the Environmental Protection Area of Right Whales.

In 2013, environmental groups filed the first lawsuit claiming that the boats were a nuisance to whales coming to the coast of Santa Catarina for breeding and feeding their young.

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