Projeto Tamar (”Project Sea turtle”) is one of the cooperating partners we met whilst visiting the beutiful Praia do Forte & Albergue Praia do Forte Hostel in Bahia, Brazil. It is a passionate non-profit organization that strives to conserve marine wildlife, focusing mainly on the sea turtle.
The sea turtles have been laying their eggs on the beaches of Praia do Forte for many, many years. They have actually been on the brink of extinction, but thanks to Projeto Tamar, they have successfully managed to successfully recover. Tamar startet in 1980, and naturally met a lot of challenges. Firstly, because the local fishermen were at the time hunting the turtles and their eggs for food and artesanal products. Thus, Projeto Tamar decided to offer the fishermen jobs to help conserve the animals instead. This turned out to be a great idea, as the fishermen naturally had a lot of knowledge they could pass on to the people of Tamar; where they could find the nesting areas, and what signs to look for when trying to map their movements.
Today the Tamar Project has 22 bases, spread along the country’s coastline that covers a range of more than 1000 kilometers. Since 1980, they have managed to protect and release well over 8 million turtles to the seas of Brazil!
We were so incredibly lucky to join in on one of their daily morning rounds to look for and map new nests as well as the newly born turtles. It was a truly amazing experience as we were able to help one of the little turtles that was still stuck in its nest, into the sea. – Hopefully to live a long life.