Brazil Wants to Increase Protected Area for Humpback Whales

The Brazilian government wants to increase the area for protecting humpback whales, an endangered species, which spends much of the year in the region of the Abrolhos Archipelago, off the coast of Bahia. The location is the first marine national park in Brazil and the largest coral reef in the south Atlantic. In a public consultation, the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation – a Ministry of the Environment agency – proposed the expansion of the marine park and the creation of the Humpback Whale Wildlife Refuge.

New meetings will be held with residents in four cities in the region to discuss the proposal of increasing the area ten times the original area of the Park of Abrolhos, i.e. from the current 87,943 hectares to 891,872 hectares. The Wildlife Refuge will cover a total of 765,261 hectares. Each year the humpbacks leave Antarctica to breed in the warm waters of the Abrolhos. With the expansion, the marine protected area in Brazil, which is only about 0.5% will be increase to 3% will.

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