Approval granted

February 18, 2010 by dyertrust

by DICTs Marine Biologist Alison Towner

Progress with UCT! After an official letter of acceptance from the department of Zoology at UCT I was finally able to register. After waiting for so long for this opportunity I think its safe to say I was the happiest second time student in Africa- if not the world! To add to the great news the department of Avian demography reimbursed me a fee based on the work the DICT has supported over the years- which has helped enormously. All is looking good!

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DICT SUPPORTS THE COMMUNITY

February 08, 2010 by dyertrust

A JOINT PROJECT OF DYER ISLAND CONSERVATION TRUST ANDGROOTBOS FOUNDATION 08 FEBRUARY 2010

Gansbaai finally has a high school. The new Gansbaai Secondary School opened in January. It was opened as a no fee school to benefit the local community, and although a low fee has been implemented to cover some running costs, this still leaves the school with many requirements. Besides supporting our environment, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust feels very strongly about giving back to the community and the offer by the Trust to donate some trees to the school grounds was met with much appreciation by school principal, Wessel Havenga.

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LETHAL PLASTIC LITTER

February 07, 2010 by dyertrust

Marine pollution, especially that of plastic is having a devastating effect on the albatross population -click hereto see the articlefrom Namibia Coastal Marine for more information.

Special thanks to Mike & Ann fromNamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibian Coastal / Marine Bird News working group andChris Jordaan


VALENTINES DAY CARDS

February 06, 2010 by dyertrust

Suppport the work of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust by purchasing your loved one a Valentines day e-card.Click here to view...


VOLUNTEER/INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

February 05, 2010 by dyertrust

Did you know that we offer a volunteer/internship programme on our shark cage diving boat,Shark Fever, and our research boat,Lwazi! Work with our marine biologists, Alison Towner and Oliver Jewell, and our dynamic crew aboardShark Fever. Learn more about the great white shark and assist in aspects of research on this amazing animal.

For more on the programme,click here.


MONITORING OF CAPE CORMORANTS

February 04, 2010 by dyertrust

Anne Voorbergen is an MSc student from Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and has been on Dyer Island, with the support of CapeNature, for four months. Doing fieldwork for her thesis on the natural Kelp Gull predation of the Cape Cormorant, she has the incredible privilege of witnessing their behaviour on a daily basis.

An observation tower was erected on the Island at the end of 2009 and it is from this structure that Anne gets to monitor the interactions between gulls and cormorants and now even the seals.

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TREASURE OIL SLICK

February 03, 2010 by dyertrust

The recently reported 300m oil slick (Cape Argus 16.01.10 & Cape Times 17.01.10) assumed to come from the iron ore carrier, the Treasure, which sunk ten years ago off the West Coast, is great cause for concern. Even though it was subsequently reported that the slick had broken up, the oil still remains a hazard for marine animals. The concern is those birds and marine mammals that can be affected without our awareness and die out at sea. It would be good to see stronger measures implemented by Government to deal with off shore oil pollution and not just that affecting our immediate coastline.

SANCCOB is on high alert for possible oiling of seabirds as the slick could affect Dassen Island, and its seabird population, including that of the African penguin, a species considered Vulnerable.

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DICT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST POWER STATION THREAT

February 02, 2010 by dyertrust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust wishes to publicly convey its support for the Save Bantamsklip organization whose objective is to prevent the building of a nuclear power station in Bantamsklip. For more information seewww.savebantamsklip.org