Brazil SurveyBrazil: World Heritage Collect
UNESCO Marine World Heritage Site - inscribed in 2001
There are less than 10 oceanic island groups in the South Atlantic and the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago and and Rocas Atoll represent more than 50% of the islands in this region in terms of total surface area. This makes the islands both ecologically important and a favourite tourist destination too.
The islands fall under UNESCO World Heritage status and as such are well protected - fishing and tourism is limited at Fernando de Noronha, while the Rocas Atoll is accessible only to researchers. The reefs here are dominated by encrusting corals, sponges and jagged volcanic rocky seascapes.
The underwater collect was arranged in partnership with Google Brazil who are in the process of revealing Brazil's wonderful and varied National Parks.