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• April Deep reefs of the APA Costa dos Corais and the potential for "deep refuge hypothesis": analysis of community and fish, corals and physiology of organisms
Coordinator – Pedro Henrique Cipresso Pereira
Partners - Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG), Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and APA Costa dos Corais.

The present project has the pioneering objective of analyzing and mapping the deep reefs of the APA Costa dos Corais. Deep and mesophotal reefs are now considered a "refuge" for the biodiversity of shallow reefs that are already highly impacted. However, little is known about these ecosystems and more information is needed to include these areas in management and conservation projects and actions. The present project analyzes the communities of fish, corals and the biochemistry of the reef organisms comparing shallow and deep reefs and thus discussing the concepts of "deep refuge hypothesis" for Brazilian reefs.


• Lionfish invasion in the Brazilian reefs - Emergency Cause involving research , local communities and dive operators
Coordinator – Pedro Henrique Cipresso Pereira
Responsible - Daniel Lippi e Marcus Vinicius
Financing - Waitt Foundation e The Ocean Foundation
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The lionfish is native to the Pacific Ocean which has become the worst invasive species in the Caribbean coral reefs. This species has caused an imbalance in the ecosystem as quickly consumes invertebrates and larvae of other fish. Unfortunately, some lionfish individuals have been recorded in Brazilian waters and the invasion seems inevitable. In this context, management and management measures involving researchers , local communities and dive operators should be initiated as soon as possible to avoid further social, economic and ecological problems.


• Conservation parrot endangered in APA Coral Coast through research and actions with the local community
Coordinator – Pedro Henrique Cipresso Pereira
Responsible - Marcus Vinicius
Financing - Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
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This project aims to ensure the preservation of parrot fish Scarus gender using research and actions with the local community . Underwater observations will be conducted to determine the spatial and temporal distribution of species during different stages of life. Moreover , observations with eating behavior will be conducted to better understand the ecological role of the species in Brazil 's coral reefs . The local community and sinners will also be a key part in the conservation of the species. Using local ecological knowledge documentation ( CEL ) with fishermen we aim to monitor the status of the population in the state and Pernambuco and understand the supposed evident decrease in the amount of individuals observed recently . We will also promote environmental education to ensure the preservation of parrot fish of the genus Scarus.


• Zoning, conservation and research on Brazilian coral reefs
Coordinator – Pedro Henrique Cipresso Pereira
Financing - Rufford Small Grants e Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)
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The present project aims to carry out actions related to zoning, conservation and research in Brazilian coral reefs with emphasis on APA Costa dos Corais (APACC). The main objectives are (1) implementation of zoning and monitoring of the area, (2) monitoring by using visual census in coral reefs to monitor changes in the structure of the coral and fish community, (3) training and maintenance of field agents (Members of the local community) in the reef ecosystem, (4) disseminate environmental education material and actions in APACC aiming to increase environmental awareness in the local community.


• Use of Drones to monitor reef ecosystems in Northeast Brazil
Coordinator – Pedro Henrique Cipresso Pereira
Financing - The Ocean Foundation
Partners - Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Grupo de Pesquisa em Antozoarios (GPA) e APA Costa dos Corais.

The present project has the pioneering goal of using Drones for research and monitoring of reef ecosystems in Northeastern Brazil, specifically the coast of Pernambuco and APA Costa dos Corais. Drones will be used to initially analyze the spatial-temporal distribution of corals, specifically the populations of Palythoa caribaoerum on the coast of Pernambuco, through the use of a new non-destructive methodology, Drone-Transect. In addition, the project aims to perform a calibration and describe, for the first time, a methodology of Drones use for coral cover analysis.


• Remote analyses of fish community by GoPro cameras

High definition GoPro cameras are been used to analyse reef fish community associated with the fire-coral (Millepora spp.) in Tamandaré reefs. Species behaviour and also competition progress are been analysed by the remote cameras during this project.

Moreover, new cameras provided by a Reef Conservation Project partnership (Idea Wild - http://www.ideawild.org/) will be used for a study in the Formozo river estuary (North of Tamandaré). Cameras will be installed in different positions of the estuary and also different structure types (artificial Vs natural) to correlate the use of estuarine and reef species in different locations.



GoPro cameras in action in the field been used to analyse reef fish community associated with the fire-coral (Millepora spp.) in Tamandaré reefs. (Photo – Isabela Leal).
Projeto Conservação Recifal