Travelers who visited the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha with Brazil Ecotravel and Polar Expedition symbolically adopted sea turtles and helped raise income used to support sea turtle conservation project by TAMAR.
With national and international prestige, credibility and recognition, TAMAR Project (Projeto TAMAR) monitors 1,000km (621mi.) of beaches where 20 stations is located in 8 Brazilian states to protect sea turtles. Out of 7 species of sea turtle on earth, 5 can be found in Brazil. The sea turtle population in Brazil declined rapidly due to selective killing, consumption of eggs, illegal fishing and irregular use of the beaches. com whois . In coastal areas where sea turtles come to nest and/or feed, the stations operates with creative means of preserving sea turtles.
In Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago 321km (200mi.) away from coast, TAMAR Project have been active since 1984. The island is a place of reproduction of the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the feeding area of the specie most threatened of extinction-Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).
In October 2013, Brazil Ecotravel will host the National Geographic Explorer Ship in Fernando de Noronha Island. Passengers from the ship will have an exclusive opportunity to visit the Tamar Project.
Together with National Geographic, Lindblad Expeditions and Brazil Ecotravel, the ship will contribute over 12,000 USD to the conservation project!
In 2008 Brazil Ecotravel hosted the Polar Expedition Ship which also donated significantly to the TAMAR Project.
Each passenger on the ships donated through a sea turtle adoption program. Visitors received a Certificate of Adoption and an exclusive t-shirt of TAMAR and Brazil Ecotravel. Contributing to the conservation, TAMAR provides employment to local communities and generates incomes, which is used to finance its research and conservation work.