November 21, 2009 by dyertrust

On the 21stNovember,DICTwere able to accompanyCapeNaturetogether withMCMto rescue 93 African penguin chicks off Dyer Island. The parents go into moult and do not swim during this time therefore the chicks are no longer fed. This can be due to inexperience on the part of the breeding pair. With the declining numbers, not one penguin can risk being lost. The chicks are taken toSANCCOBwhere they are fed and strengthened then will be re-released on to Dyer Island to become part of the next breeding generation.

Look out for Laurens nextblogwhere she will have more information and photographs.


November 20, 2009 by dyertrust

The Trust is overwhelmed by the generosity of the members of Virtuoso African Destinations who have given us a second donation of R10 000 to support ourshark research project. We met Brenda James, Sales and Marketing Manager, of theTwelve Apostles Hotel and Spaat theTwo Oceans Aquariumwhere Rene Leeuwner had very kindly arranged for us to do the hand over.


November 19, 2009 by dyertrust

This year the British Dive Show was held inBirminghamand Alison Towner, our Marine Biologist fromMarine Dynamicsattended.Read more below.....

The British NEC Dive Show

Birmingham National Exhibition Centre was the venue for the 24-25thOctober 2009 DIVE show. This show presents a great opportunity for dive centres from all corners of the globe to exhibit their diving and to promote courses, trips and diving holidays of all types. From the Red Sea liveaboards to Caribbean reef dives to British and Scandinavian dry suit dives, the diversity of dive experiences available is huge.
African Spaceis a dive organisation run by James Parker and Louis van Aardt. Their stand this year saw the collaboration of Ben Jones, dive manager from the Sodwana Bay Lodge Resort; Louis from Pro Dive in Port Elizabeth; Alison Towner (our marine biologist from Gansbaai's shark cage diving company,Marine Dynamicsand a couple of research divers from Tanzania. The motives of African Space were simple - to inform the British public of the diving opportunities available in Africa with a focus on South Africa. The team consists of people actually working in the dive resorts who can tell the interested diver exactly what to expect. African Space promotes only eco friendly dive operators and ensures that when a person books with them that they are well looked after and transported to each dive destination in an organised and stress free way. The team made lots of connections and contacts and an educational talk was given by Alison on both the Saturday and Sunday on using eco tourism to fund white shark research. This gave us the opportunity to highlight our conservation initiatives with regard to the white shark.For more on our research projects,click here.
The show hosts guest speakers with talks and seminars held in hourly slots throughout the two days. People can choose to walk into a presentation of their interest with opportunities to ask questions at the end- which gives a really educational and interactive angle to the show. This year one of the most popular presentations was given by Mark Addison- a South African shark expert and free diver based in Rocky bay near Umkomaas in the KZN province. Marks talk composed stunning under water footage by Charles Maxwell (a very well reputed South African cameraman) and it featured the sardine run, tiger shark diving, great whites and ragged tooth sharks. Marks professionalism in diving combined with his passion for shark conservation made a real impact on the British diving audience and aroused plenty of interest in South Africa as a dive. At the end of Marks talk on the Saturday a 6 year old boy stood up and asked Mark in front of 400 people- 'So what can I do to help?!' Nice to know we have a budding conservationist in the mix.
Another popular talk was given by Richard Pierce- a UK shark expert who published the book Sharks of the British Seas.He also runs the Shark Conservation society (SCS) andShark Trust.He presented his findings on various shark research expeditions in the Middle East (Qatar and Bahrain) and also his white shark expeditions in the Mediterranean off Croatia. Richard did not manage to find white sharks at either location but did establish a possible new pupping ground for blue sharks in the Med and confirmed a number of new species of sharks in the Middle East. The Shark Trust and Richard work really hard to answer questions on areas that have had little research done previously and his next mission is to search for great white sharks off the north west coast of Scotland next year. Best of luck to him!
Many thanks must go to African Space for sharing their space withMarine Dynamic


November 18, 2009 by dyertrust

The TICE committee arranged an official cheque handover on the 16thNovember at Winchester Mansions.All three nominated organisations, DICT,WARMTHandThe Tourism Education Trustmet the TICE committee at the Winchester Mansions in Sea Point.

Thanks again to the TICE team Joy, Obeidah, Anika, Carol, Helen, Larry, Natalie, Rema, Rene, Shirley, Lindsey and John.


November 17, 2009 by dyertrust

DICT was incredibly grateful to the TICE committee for nominating the Trust as one of three beneficiaries at their annual charity event. The evening was a black tie affair at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and the tourism industry was out in force.

The other charities nominated includedWARMTH War against Malnutrition, Tuberculosis and Hunger andThe Tourism Education trust. We all had an opportunity to present and DICT showed an audiovisual on the work we are involved with that affects the Marine Big 5 in the area penguins, whales, sharks, dolphins and seals.

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November 16, 2009 by dyertrust

The Isa Carstens Health and Skin Care Academy in Stellenbosch, is a valued supporter of the Dyer Island Conservation Trusts African Penguin Housing Project as their Social Responsibility project. The schools uniform is black and white and this has led to the students being labelled penguins. Every year, the students of the school have a penguin dress up to raise funds and awareness of theFaces of Need penguin housing project.

Much laughter was had on Friday 23rd September, as the judges, principal Hester Burger (dressed as a penguin), Marketing Officer, Cretienne Kotze, along with DICT, went to four different classrooms for a small show from each group. There was the penguin shuffle, some pop songs revamped into penguin songs, and the nest builders along with the grateful penguins. Seems there is some very impressive talent out there.

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November 15, 2009 by dyertrust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust works closely with the Mammal Research Institute in a number of ways sample and data collection when a whale or dolphin is beached; collection of whale faeces to better understand the feeding habits of the southern right whale; and any logistical support required in terms of research.

Every year, an aerial survey is done on the southern right whale and we host the team. Meredith Thornton from the Mammal Research Institute at The University of Pretoria has kindly shared some background to this survey.Click here to read more