Regulatory News

The Federal Police, the Brazilian Environmental Institute (IBAMA) and the State Environmental Institute (INEA), in Rio de Janeiro, decided to crack down on illegal fishing that threatens the survival of estuarine dolphins in the Bay of Ilha Grande and Sepetiba, a region considered a sanctuary for the species. In less than two months, 47 fishermen were arrested for environmental crimes. They were accused of capturing marine animals in the porpoise food chain in order to use them as live bait for tuna fishing in the high seas out-of season.

Biologists who monitor the behavior of marine mammals in the region estimate that the number of porpoises living in the two bays in Rio de Janeiro has fallen by half in the last ten years.

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