Cooperation for the development of a research program applied to the public use of the Wild Life Refuge on the Alcatrazes archipelago

Location: São Sebastião, North coast of the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

Partner: Núcleo de Gestão Integrada do Arquipélago de Alcatrazes do Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade - ICMBio (ICMBio Alcatrazes Archipelago Integrated Management Nucleus), Instituto do Mar da Universidade Federal de São Paulo – IMAR/UNIFESP (São Paulo Federal University Institute of the Sea) and the Laboratório de Ecologia e Conservação Marinha da Universidade Federal de São Paulo – LABECMAR/UNIFESP (Federal University of São Paulo Ecology and Marine Conservation Laboratory).

Date: December 2017, October 2018 and other expeditions in 2019.

The creation of the REVIS Alcatrazes, on August 2, 2016, was a measure awaited by the environmental movement for almost 30 years. The environmental importance of this archipelago is widely known to the scientific community and organized civil society. In record time, the Management Plan was developed and disseminated on May 17, 2017, providing the prospect of organized public visits to this national natural heritage site located on the north coast of São Paulo. However, these types of measures should only be adopted as long as there is quality information to support decision making. With this in view, the Linha D’Água Institute supports the Santos campus of the Federal University of São Paulo’s Instituto do Mar (IMAR/UNIFESP) in the promotion of measures aimed at scientific, educational and cultural interchanges related to research, technological development, technology transfer and environmental education projects. In December 2017, this partnership resulted in the organization of a research expedition which produced the basic outlines for the structure of the fish assemblies and benthic community in the areas are open up for recreational diving by the public. The second campaign was undertaken in October 2018 and there is a plan to undertake other expeditions on 2019.