Littering at the natural pools of Alagoas can get you into jail

Due to the large quantity of garbage tourist authorities have announced radical sanctions.

 

25/01/10

Littering at the natural pools of Alagoas can get you into jail

Due to the large quantity of garbage tourist authorities have announced radical sanctions.

 

Bordered by corals, filled by the high-tide and there are the pools of Maragogi, on the north coast of Alagoas State, entertainment right in the middle of high seas.

“I come from Rio and I discovered it in the guide. I am thrilled”, says tourist Cláudia Paiva.

It is a party with food and drinks, everything sold from floating bars benefiting from thousands of visitors every day. But there is already permanent control to make sure that commerce does not spoil the reason why all these people come here.

 

 

“The most important action is to guarantee the quality of the environment. The challenge is the number of people”, explains Marcelo Françoso, who is the head of the APA (Area of Environmental Protection) Costa dos Corais.

Nature has also made a pool for the state capital, Maceió. It is located at a distance of two kilometers from the coast. The trip there is the only one in the Northeast done on rafts.

“Everybody says it’s great. Anyone who visits Alagoas has to see it”, suggest tourist Kelly Cristina.

“It’s paradise, that’s all I can say, it’s paradise”, praises tourist Sílvio Luiz Gouveia.

The trip takes, on average, an hour and a half. There is a non-stop coming and going of more than 100 rafts with tourists. The floating bars, after decades on the sea, will soon have to stay on the sand. Commerce close to the corals is forbidden in these waters.

For at least six months, the managing council of the natural pool of Pajuçara Beach has been receiving denouncements of pollution. Some bars dispose right there of their garbage, food residues and even oil. 

“That is definitely forbidden. For sure there will be a technical and legal evaluation to the effect that, if there is to be commerce, it will take place in an appropriate manner while preserving, above all, our trip”, affirms Cláudia Pessoa , Secretary of Tourism of Maceió.

Anyone breaching this rule can be arrested for environmental crime and fined to pay between R$ 700 and R$ 100,000.

 

Text published in Portuguese on website globo.com (Brazil).
Translation of the text: Global Garbage

Film (video) only in Portuguese, exhibited on the morning journal Bom Dia Brasil (Monday, January 25th, 2010) at Rede Globo, which is broadcast in all of Brazil.



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