Government announced release of cruises with more than 600 passengers in Fernando de Noronha; artificial reefs will also be installed on the island for diving activity 

The government decided to allow access for cruise ships and the installation of artificial reefs in Fernando de Noronha, considered one of the most sensitive ecosystems on the planet. The news was confirmed yesterday (03/3) by the senator Flávio Bolsonaro (without party-RJ), who visited the island together with the president of Embratur, Gilson Machado.

In a published video, the senator announced that the measure is a way to more effectively explore tourism in the country. “We are untying the knots of this legislation to allow these segments to be much better explored”, he said. Currently, the area is managed with strong environmental rigor by the State Environment Agency and by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity (ICMBio), which last year had its manager removed from office by the government.

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Artificial boats and reefs


Photo: Guilherme Torres

Seven years ago, cruise ship access to the Pernambuco archipelago was prohibited due to problems related to ship charter and environmental licenses. At the time, navigations with permission to dock in Noronha could bring a maximum of 200 people. Now, that number could exceed 600 passengers, which could compromise the carrying capacity of the natural heritage.

In addition to permitting these vessels, the government also plans to install more than 12 new artificial reef points. “Noronha is one of the best places in the world for contemplative diving. We have just approved, together with the Navy, 12 more new shipwreck points, to add to the tourism of Noronha”, he said, according to report by Istoé Magazine, the president of Embratur.

Currently, it is necessary to pay a ticket to visit the Fernando de Noronha National Marine Park. The collection, with a value of R$111 for Brazilians and R$222 for foreigners, is 70% reversed for maintenance of trails and infrastructure for visitors. This charge, which was criticized last year by President Jair Bolsonaro, gives access to all areas released to park visitors for 10 days.

In addition, to access the island, it is necessary to pay the so-called Environmental Preservation Fee (TPA). The daily rate, directed to the State Government of Pernambuco, which manages the space, costs R$ 75.93.

About Fernando de Noronha 

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Cacimba do Padre, Fernando de Noronha. Photo: Takao Takayama

THE Fernando de Noronha Archipelago belonging to the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. With natural pools, ecological trails and dense vegetation, it has been considered several times the most beautiful beach in the world.

The wild aspects of the island are on the wish list of every traveler whose main inspiration is idyllic and well-preserved places. However, in addition to being much sought after by tourists for its scenic beauty, Fernando de Noronha shelters a delicate ecosystem and species that are threatened with extinction. Since 2001, the site is also considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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