scubasul, Brazil, Brazilian diversA plethora of scientific studies attest to the importance and urgency to protect Brazil’s proposed Albardão National Park, as a living witness to the evolution of Life on Earth. Since 2008 there has been a formal proposal under analysis at the National Biodiversity Institute of Brazil (ICMBio) for the establishment of a protected area in one of the very last wild places of Southern Brazil.

Now a growing group of concerned dive citizens, Divers for Sharks, is reaching out to the international community to be a part of the solution: Tell the Brazilian Minister of the Environment and the National Biodiversity Institute Chair that you too care about conservation and want to see the Albardão National Park protected for generations to come.

Close to the border with Uruguay, away from the big cities and with very little human habitation nearby, Albardão is an area of extremely rich biodiversity, composed by golden dunes, streams and wetlands draining into the South Atlantic Ocean.

In the cold sea, highly endangered species such as the franciscana dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei), angel sharks (Squatina spp.), guitar ray (Rhinobatos horkelii), hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna spp.) and tope shark (Galeorhinus galeus) find refuge.

With the establishment of the Albardão National Park, Brazil will be awarded another spectacular protected area, contributing to the enhancement of its marine protected area system which currenty encompasses a mere 1.5% of its jurisdictional waters still very short of the 10% Aichi Targets established by the Convention on Biodiversity.

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