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Sea Turtle and Artisanal Fisheries Monitoring Brazil



We are a marine conservation non-profit in Brazil focused on protecting sea turtles “in water” and preserving their feeding areas through hands-on conservation programs on Brazilian beaches. Join us, help the sea turtles´ research and travel across the Brazilian south coast following the sea turtles!

The Caminho Marinho team has been sharing their passion for sea turtles and artisanal fisheries culture with volunteers from around the world for over 12 years. The volunteering opportunities are a unique opportunity to learn about the sea turtles, travel across Brazil, and help protect and conserve the coastal and marine environment.

Our mission is to promote the conservation of sea turtles under an ecosystem approach, that is, to seek the individual health of sea turtles in coastal environments, valuing the ecological sustainability of the areas, recognizing the need for economic viability, but always promoting social justice.

Our main objective is to assess the abundance of sea turtles in feeding and development areas, and the individual health of these animals, accompanied by students and volunteers in training, and sharing the main results with the local and general community. Each site with its scenic beauty, community involvement and problems in which sea turtles suffer from human actions.

The role of the volunteer is fundamental for the uninterrupted proposition of activities to monitor the abundance and density of sea turtles and their potential interaction with artisanal fishing communities, working mainly in the sighting of sea turtles from fixed historically monitored points. Become a Caminho Marinho volunteer and participate in the training promoted through lectures by the main researchers who lead the current research of our institute, and guests from important partner institutions in Brazil and worldwide.


Caminho Marinho


Able to carry out activities in the open, being able to face extreme weather conditions (wind, cold, heat, rain).

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
2 weeks minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

Registration fee: US$300. Volunteer fee: 2 weeks - US$450; 3 weeks - US$620; 4 weeks - US$790; 5 weeks - US$930. These fees cover accommodation, three basic meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), training, orientation and certification.

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