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In-Water Sea turtle Conservation Caminho Marinho

Caminho Marinho

In-Water Sea turtle Conservation
Rio Grande, Brazil Caminho Marinho NGO | Caminho Marinho
The volunteer participates in monitoring the Molhes da Barra, Brazil, an important feeding area through sighting, fishing monitoring and intentional capture of sea turtle

Project Details

The Caminho Marinho is an initiative that aims to connect Research, Extension and Teaching as the way for the sea turtles conservation and sustainable use of resources.

The Caminho Marinho is an initiative that aims to connect Research, Extension and Teaching as the way for the sea turtles conservation and the sustainable use of the marine environment under ecosystem-based management, an ecological, economic and cultural approach.

The path to knowledge is given by fostering research. However, a research will only support conservation, while the results are shared with decision makers, the second sector organizations, the local community and the scientific community. In this way, the three pillars of the Caminho Marinho are presented: research, extension and teaching.

Therefore, our mission is to develop research, extension and teaching on sea turtles to promote their conservation; Valuing ecological, economic and social aspects, inspiring the sustainable and ecosystemic use of the environment.

When we think of an ecosystem-based  approach, we need a geographical reference, so that we can reach the limits of relationships between sea turtles and biological diversity, economic and cultural activities.

At the mouth of the "Patos" Lagoon (32 ° 09'38 "S and 52 ° 05'54" W), two breakwaters ("Molhes da Barra") protect the channel bar that gives access to the estuarine environment from wave action and natural silting. With the exception of Torres, limit between Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina States, the Rio Grande breakwaters are the only large rock structures along the entire coast of Rio Grande do Sul and play a fundamental role in the ecology of several species, Since these structures provide protection and structure for Fixation of communities, as well as possible burrows. With initial construction in 1911, the east and west breakwaters were 4,220 and 3,160 m long, but were expanded in the last decade by 800 and 1000 m, respectively. In addition to the ecological importance, jetties are also economically important, both the source of artisanal fishing resources and for tourism in the region, with the traditional sail-powered wagons that take visitors on an 'inland' way through railroad tracks.

This region is also important for sea turtles, which have already been recorded inside the estuary of Patos Lagoon and the coast adjacent to the "Molhes da Barra", with the summer and the surroundings of the breakwaters being the most abundant place of these animals. This presence suggests a potential aggregation of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas), which motivated the Caminho Marinho to initiate the population monitoring of these important brazilian sea turtles.

Monitoring activities include: Sighting sea turtles from a fixed point (Molhes da Barra); Intentional sea turtle capture in-water, biometrics, biological sampling and marking (tagging) of sea turtles; sighting and intentional capture on the estuary of Patos Lagoon; and
Monitoring of amateur and artisanal fisheries. 

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organisation
Foundation Year
2010
Contact Person
Gustavo Martinez Souza
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

Caminho Marinho believes that the research will support conservation insofar its results and conclusions are shared with the local communities involved with sea turtles. Therefore, Caminho Marinho is engaged in the development of activities related to environmental education to spread knowledge, to raise awareness about the daily threats to biodiversity; And to share individual and collective actions that can promote environmental responsibility, respecting differences and valuing similarities, thus collaborating in the construction of an identity associated with the care of the environment, transforming citizens transforming the current reality.

Among the activities, the Rhythm of the Sea initiative and the Sea Turtle Festival are highlighted, developing the concepts of environment, biological diversity, cultural diversity and environmental responsibility, using low-cost methods for recreational, artistic and environmental education activities.

The "Ritmo do Mar" (Rhythm of the Sea) seeks the social intervention in Cassino Beach, in cultural, ethical and sustainability values, through to thematic carnival block. The particularity o "Ritmo do Mar" the predominant use of reusable materials in the making of instruments and other Props, flags and customs, composed of children and adolescents from various locations in the city of Rio Grande.

Throughout each year, several workshops are proposed in a cycle of activities of environmental education, music education, artistic education and physical education, culminating in the parade of the block during the carnival of Casino Beach.

For allegories and props, Caminho Marinho develops art education activities with a confection and painting of allegories and musical instruments; Making recycled carapaces a simple and inexpensive method for replicating allegories.

In the last carnivals, in order to offer the children and adolescents of the resort Casino access to cultural and artistic activities through conservation of the environment, Caminho Marinho interacted with actors such as the Municipal Secretary of the Environment (SMMA), the Center for Education and Environmental Monitoring (NEMA), the Social Service of Commerce of Rio Grande do Sul (SESC / RS), Municipality of Cassino (SMC), Centers for Reference and Social Assistance (CRAS), among others, facts that enabled these actions in conformation of a block of carnival from children and youth.
Pursued Sustainable Development Goals