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Amazon River dolphins in Brazil continue to be killed for fish bait

TweetIt has been known for some time that fishermen have been killing freshwater dolphins in the Amazon and using them as bait for catfish (Mintzer et al. 2013; Iriarte & Marmontel 2013; Brum et al. 2015).  A recent report from … Continue reading

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Amazon dolphins as fish bait: Brazil introduces a moratorium on piracatinga fishing

TweetAfter a decade of battles and warnings, the Brazil government has finally recognized the dire threat to Amazon river dolphin (boto) Inia geoffrensis populations posed by the ongoing illegal hunt to obtain fish bait. Both botos and caimans are hunted … Continue reading

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The Bolivian river dolphin is recognized as a species

TweetIn early 2012, the Bolivian river dolphin, or bufeo, was formally recognized as a species by the Society of Marine Mammalogy’s Committee of Taxonomy. Previously the genus Inia had been considered monospecific with three subspecies of Inia geoffrensis: I. g. … Continue reading

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