Safety and environmental conservation
The sea is available for everyone
A positive agenda for those who live and make a living into the sea in the vicinity of our Maritime Terminal and on the barge route transporting pulp is essential. Training artisanal fishermen in the Maritime Safety course and providing communication and salvage equipments is the result of a continuous dialogue with 20 colonies and associations of this traditional profession. Likewise, monitoring whales and turtles provides guidance for responsible maritime operations and conservation of species.
In 2019, we identified 14,618 humpback on the Brazilian coast. Veracel and the Baleia Jubarte Institute (IBJ) carried out an aerial monitoring of humpbacks on the southern coast of Bahia, in addition to the national one, as part of the ninth edition of this initiative. The study allows us to understand how human activities can affect the natural flow of whales and suggest the best route for barges, for example.
Veracel has helped identify
14,618 WHALES visiting the
Brazilian coast in 2019
registered 4,667TURTLES over 13
SEA TURTLE MONITORING PROGRAM
We monitors sea turtles on an annual basis with support provided by CTA – Serviços em Meio Ambiente in an area of 35 km located between the Jequitinhonha river mouth and the Guaiumirim river mouth in Guaiú/Santa Cruz Cabrália – near the Belmonte Maritime Terminal.
In 2019, we identified the presence of female turtles 402 times based on their footprints or even seeing the animals on the beach. Of this total, the female turtles spawned in 340 opportunities; 14,477 animals were born and went to the sea.
Over 13 breeding seasons, we have identified the presence of female turtles on the beach 4,667 times through daily monitoring, resulting in 216,538 hatched eggs. Monitoring has helped to identify stranded or spawning animals and send machines to the beaches near the Belmonte Maritime Terminal when necessary, guaranteeing assistance and protection to the animals.