Brazil Reestablishes Red List of Endangered Marine Species | Oceana
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Following pressure from Oceana, Brazil’s Federal Court has issued a ruling reestablishing the Red List of aquatic endangered invertebrates and fishes. The Brazilian wildlife Red Lists were the result of six years of careful work by more than 1,500 experts, using the best science available and the methodology developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Red List had been suspended due to a lawsuit filed by entities linked to the industrial fishing sector, leaving hundreds of species including whale sharks, rays, sea horses, hammerhead sharks and groupers with no protections. Judge Liviane Kelly Soares Vasconcelos of the 9th Federal Court of the Federal District ruled in favor of re-instating the Red List, protecting 475 endangered species and noting that economic interests of the fishing industry cannot prevail over the public interest of conservation.