Though the remaining 30% of the archipelago that extends from the harbor area to Cacimba do Padre beach does not belong to the Marine Park, it has been designated as an Area of Environmental Preservation by the Brazilian government so it is a good idea to follow the rules no matter where you are when visiting Fernando de Noronha. The following activities are not allowed within the confines of the park area:
• Fishing by Non-Residents.
• Importation of Animals or Plants. The island has a big problem with wild cats – we have adopted over 10 stray cats over the last decade, and we currently have three island cats living safely in our second home in Portugal. If you would like to contribute to this cause, and motivate a more effective action from the island’s administration, we encourage you to fill out the island’s questionnaire suggesting actions such as: Additional organized castration campaigns and pet adoption campaigns, etc.
• Chasing, Harassing or Feeding any animals.
• Interfering or Removal with Vegetation, Collecting Seeds, Roots or Fruits.
• Collecting or Removal of Shells, Corals, Stones, Animals, or Even Parts of Organisms.
• Visiting Areas of the National Marine Park (PARNAMAR – FN) from 6pm to 8am.
• Swimming, Snorkeling, Stopping a Boat, or Diving anywhere near Baia dos Golfinhos (Dolphins Bay) – There are buoy devices marking the area that is dedicated to dolphins.
• Littering and Leaving Waste on Beaches or Trails.
• Visiting Any Other Islands or Islets of the Archipelago.
• Camping, Seeping Outside or Building a Fire.
• Visiting Restricted Areas Without Previous Authorization From ICMBio (restricted areas are marked and gated).
• Anchoring Boats in Any National Marine Park Area with the Exception of Sancho Sandbanks.
• Writing of Graffiti on Any Rocks, Trees or Signs.
• Snorkeling Inside the Tidal Pools of Baia dos Porcos.
• Setting Foot or Snorkeling in Tidal Pools of Buraco da Raquel and Ponta das Caracas.
• Walking Over the Reef Formations of Atalaia, Leao or Sueste Beaches.
• Entering Sueste’s Mangrove – The ONLY Mangrove Formation In an Atlantic Ocean Island in the Southern Hemisphere.
• Disrespecting the “Buoi Device Limits” of Sueste Bay or Baia Dos Golfinhos (Dolphins Bay).
• Wearing Fins, Sneakers, Insect Repellent or Sunscreen in the Waters o thef Atalaia Tidal Pools and Caieira Tidal Pools (Both are reached en route on the Atalaia Complete Hike).
• SCUBA Diving Without Booking Through One of the Registered Dive Operators on the Island.
• Swimming With Spinner Dolphins.
In case any of these rules are violated, fines and apprehension will be enforced by local ICMBio office located at the Visitors Center of the main island – Address: Alameda do Boldro s/n. Tel: + 55 81 3619 1210. Please do your part to also report any violations you may witness while visiting the island to the above office as well.
ICMBio is the federal environmental office that regulates and monitors sustainable visitation of the National Marine Park of Fernando de Noronha (PARNAMAR-FN) and all the other National Parks in Brasil.