|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Categories||Corals, Fishes, Marine|
|Date||11 Sep 2013|
The worst environmental problem nowadays at the local reef ecosystem, and that will be the target of this project are related to increasing exploitation by tourism, changes caused by climate change and lack of zoning and inspection of the coral reefs. Tourism in the area is exploring the coral reefs negatively, always characterized by a large number of tourists on the reef at the same time, polluting the area and also using large amount of sun block and chemical products that have all proven to be hazardous agents for corals and coralline algae. Moreover, artificial fish food trade has also been recorded by tourists to attract fishes causing serious impacts on the sensitive reef ecosystems, increasing the number and biomass of more competitive species (mainly omnivorous).
The outcomes of this work will contribute for environmental conservation and also to social and environmental integration of population and coral reef ecosystem in the Northeastern Brazil, a developing area. One important way of social integration will be using the manpower and knowledge of the local community (acting as field agents).
In a general view, this project aims to perform conservation actions in a coastal reef ecosystem in an area of great importance to marine biodiversity. The main aims of the project are:
Read about Pedro's previous project http://www.rufford.org/rsg/projects/pedro_henrique_cipresso_pereira or for more information contact: