Fernando de Noronha Archipelago
A buoy that makes a difference
Aqualink has reached the remote Brazilian island Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, where their buoy helps scientists from all over the island and community members. Scientists from different organizations are using the data generated from Aqualink's buoy to study the island's marine life. From only being able to visit their site once or twice a year, this buoy has enabled Cesar and his team to get consistent data all year round.
Meet the marine scientist Cesar Cordeiro, his team, and the island
Fernando de Noronha Archipelago (FNA) is Brazil’s largest and most populated oceanic island, located 350 km offshore the Northeast coast. The archipelago has been a Marine Protected Area since 1988 with varied enforcement levels. FNA is home to several endemic species, both terrestrial and marine, and it’s also an iconic touristic destination that attracts considerable attention from the public and national authorities. Despite being one of the best-conserved places on the Brazilian coast, it still suffers from human occupation and touristic activities. Because of this context, FNA is an essential site for monitoring and studying the potential for sustainable use of sensitive marine areas.
The marine life and ecosystem around the buoy
The buoy is installed in a no-take sanctuary zone where spinner dolphins aggregate year-round, called ‘Baía dos Golfinhos’ (i.e., Dolphins’ Bay in English). This site has been closed for any activity, except research, for more than 20 years. The local marine life is therefore very well conserved locally. The bay’s seascape comprises shallow rocky reefs, less than 25 meters deep, dominated by macroalgae and turf cover, with patched reefs scattered along the sand bottom. Coral cover is low, less than 5%, but important for the benthic dynamics.
How the data from the buoy is used
Story from the buoy
Source: Sea Paradise - Fernando de Noronha
Photo credit: All photos are sourced from JP Krajewski and PELD ILOC team
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