The vessel, carrying 1,800 passengers and 640 crew, had docked at the port of Itajai in Santa Catarina state, when about 220 fishing boats blocked its passage to protest limits on fishing endangered species.

The ship, operated by Pullmantur, had docked in Itajai on Monday morning and was to visit Montevideo, Uruguay.The fishermen, members of a fishing union, called off the protest after receiving a letter from the federal government pledging to involve the regional fishing industry in discussions over the new  law, passed in last December.

Meanwhile a meeting has been arranged for Thursday in the capital Brasilia.


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