Regulatory News

Until the 80’s, between 600 and 800 dolphins were living in Guanabara Bay, one of the symbols of Rio de Janeiro. Today, no more than 40 dolphins can be seen around the polluted waters, and these are taking refuge near the only place where nature is preserved in the bay: the Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Guapimirim. Founded in 1984, it was the country's first protected area for protecting the mangroves of the region.

"The APA is the lungs of the bay," said Klinton Senra, environmental analyst with the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity, an agency of the Ministry of Environment. The comparison makes sense. The area is where fish, shrimp and other species breed and in turn, serve as a food source for dolphins.

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