Tamandaré Coastal-Marine Complex, APA Costa dos Corais - Brazil
Tamandaré Coastal-Marine Complex, APA Costa dos Corais
marine protected area
small scale fisheries
The Site is located on the northeast Brazilian coast, East Brazil LME, and includes the seascape extending from the coast to the continental slope. The coastal area is formed by an ecosystem complex including remnantes of Atlantic forest, mangroves, seagrass beds and coraline reefs. These ecosystems are interconnected along the seascape over the typically carbonatic shelf, with widths around 18 nautical miles. Along the shelf, submerged channels related to continental drainage in glacial periods, and submerged reefs, form habitats responsible for supporting resources exploited by intense fishing activity. The outermost portion of the continental shelf, considered as an area of significant biological and ecological interest (EBSA), is a biodiversity hotspot, home to reef fish spawning aggregations, and higher fish yield associated with evidence of sub-surface upwellings. These seascape support complex ecological processes, subject to intense use, in an area recognized as a priority for conservation. The presence of Marine Protected Areas reflects this characteristic, both for the need to protect these environments, and for the socio-economic importance, with two protected areas for sustainable use (APAs) and one for Integrated Protection (Park), organized in mosaic.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The purpose of the site is to perpetuate and catalyze research and conservation efforts in the region, maintaining local arrangements and structures and creating new synergies. Better understanding of processes that drive cycles and maintain seascape connectivity as well as effects of human and climate impacts is a main goal at the TAMS site.
The site PELD TAMS is located on the southern coast of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil, named in reference to Tamandaré city, locality center of the site and headquarters of the facilities where a decade-long history of oceanographic research initiatives have developed as a result of the partnership between the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and the National Center for Research and Conservation of Marine Biodiversity of the Northeast (CEPENE / ICMBio). The purpose of this site is the continuity of ongoing monitoring programs, as well as the full integration of current research projects towards the functional study of the marine landscape.
Affiliation and Network Specific Information