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Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha archipelago may host offshore oil exploration

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The next offshore oil exploration auction, scheduled for October 7, includes among its 92 bids blocks with a direct impact and overlap of some of the most sensitive and significant regions of Brazil's reef ecosystem.

A region of unique biodiversity, the integral preservation area is also key to maintaining the livelihood of all fishing and tourism activities. The Fernando de Noronha archipelago and the Rocas Atoll were recognized in 2001 as World Natural Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

In a technical study conducted by researchers and professors from the . . .

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