DICT ATTENDS WORLD YOUTH STUDENT TRAVEL CONFERENCE

October 19, 2010 by dyertrust

WORLD YOUTH STUDENT TRAVEL CONFERENCE OCTOBER 2010 BEIJING, CHINA

Beijing, China, was the setting of this years World Youth Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) attended byBrenda Walterson behalf ofMarine Dynamics/Dyer Island Conservation Trust. This event is attended by 565 people from 63 countries and the South African delegation sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry really made a hit with their South African village at the trade fair. The South African Youth Travel Confederation (SAYTC) of which Marine Dynamics are members arrange the logistics and did an amazing job of colourful South African posters that really served to sell the country.

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JUVENILE LOGGERHEAD TURTLES RELEASED INTO THE WILD

October 18, 2010 by dyertrust

It is very exciting to see that theTwo Oceans Aquariumin Cape Town has release 19 Loggerhead turtles that have been in their care. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust rescued two earlier this year (click heretoread originalnews story)whichwere sent to the aquarium.

Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta), are an endangered species, and have a lifespan of about 50 years. They are rarely seen in the cold waters beyond Cape Aghulas - the most southerly point of Africa - and are particularly susceptible to being driven along by storms and strong sea currents. Our marine biologist,Michelle Wcisel,says that less than 1 in 1000 hatchlings survive to adulthood.

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WHALES EXAMINED BY SCIENTISTS IN HELICOPTER

October 17, 2010 by dyertrust

Article from Hermanus Times dated 14 Oct 2010

Photo: Meredith Thornton and Ingrid Peters from Mammal Research Institute with CivAir pilot,Christian du Plass


MAP SHOWING WORLDS MOST IMPORTANT BIRDS

October 16, 2010 by dyertrust

BirdLife has published a map showing the location of over 10,000 of the worlds most important sites for birds and biodiversity, and their protection status.Click here to view more


DICT SUPPORTS THE PENGUIN MOSAIC PROJECT

October 15, 2010 by dyertrust

Show that you care about Antarctic krill and the penguins, whales, seals, and fish that depend on it by adding your picture to an inter- national photo mosaic of a penguin. This mosaic will be delivered to delegates at the meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources in Tasmania next month.

Click here to go to their website.


DICT FEATURED WITH VOLKSWAGEN IN LOCAL MAGAZINES

October 14, 2010 by dyertrust

Ad agency, Ogilvy Cape Town, approached the Dyer Island Conservation Trust to be a part of the latestVolkswagenadvertising campaign. This donated advertising space is invaluable to the Trust and we are grateful to VW and to Lauren Baker at Ogilvy for choosing the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

More on their BlueMotion campaign:

What is BlueMotion?


The benefits of BlueMotion lie in the sum of its parts. The wide range of changes, improvements and technologies work in harmony to make a significant difference to fuel efficiency and emissions (up to a 10% reduction in emissions and fuel, depending on your driving style). Over time, every bit counts. That's the crux of BlueMotion's Think Blue philosophy - not only a commitment to be kinder to the planet, but also the perfect embodiment of Volkswagen's goal to be the most innovative volume car brand in the world.

BlueMotion is about taking an existing thing and making small changes that help the planet, therefore donating advertising space to create awareness of environmental charities.

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SCHOOL LEARNS ABOUT MARINE POLLUTION

October 13, 2010 by dyertrust

Sheraine fromOverstrand Conservation Foundationwho run the eco-school programme, brought 30 pupils from Okkie Smuts School (Stanford) to theDyer Island Cruiseswhale room where they learnt all about marine pollution and its devastating impacts on our marine life before heading down to Kleinbaai harbour for the clean up.

On their return the waste collected was weighed and counted to be collated and sent to the International Ocean Conservancy statistics. Then what could be recycled was processed into the recycling bins that the Trust manages.

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STRANDED RISSO DOLPHIN RESCUED

October 12, 2010 by dyertrust

As the animal rescue centre in our area, every day can hold new surprises. Saturday, 9th October, local residents, Alida Olivier and Eddie Enrico were out on the rocks at Haaiklip (Franskraal) when they came across a stranded dolphin. The local paper, the Courant, was contacted, who in turn contacted the Trust.

The dolphin, a juvenileRissos dolphin, about 2metres in length, had many surface injuries most likely due from the actual stranding. It has never been confirmed why whales and dolphins strand but this particular dolphin had a high parasite infection with parasites leaving the body. Samples were taken which will be analysed. The dolphin was kept cool and wet as the rescue operation got underway. The dolphin was moved by vehicle to Kleinbaai harbour whereLwazi, the Trusts research vessel was ready to go into action to release the dolphin into the water. Local vet, Liesel Trollope, administered antibiotics and anti-parasite medication.

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RARE SOUTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL

October 11, 2010 by dyertrust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust received a call from Lucinda Verwey in Vermont (Hermanus) regarding an injured seal at Vermont.

It turned out to be a juvenileSouthern Elephant seal(Mirounga leonina), a rare visitor to South Africas shores. Apart from a small injury it was in good condition.

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VOORTREKKER SCHOOL SUPPORT THE ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUIN

October 10, 2010 by dyertrust

Every year, the Voortrekkers Grade 7s enjoy an educational time at the African penguin colony at Stony Point (Bettys Bay). Led by educator Danna Smith and her team, the children get to learn all they can about this endangered species.

They also support the Dyer Island Conservation TrustFaces of Need penguin nest project. Brenda from the Trust went along to present their certificate and share more knowledge on the current status of the penguin and its decline of around 100 birds per week over the last 30 years. The children enjoyed a quiz and had just as many questions.

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MARINE BIG 5 EXHIBITION AT HERMANUS WHALE FESTIVAL

October 09, 2010 by dyertrust

The Hermanus Whale Festival proved a great place to promote the work of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. The festival organizers sponsored our Marine Big 5 exhibition and the Old Harbour Museum agreed we could use the space outside the whale museum. The Festival was 5 days in total this year and more spread out to involve the community. The atmosphere was festive and by all accounts the businesses in the areas did well. Leon Theron, festival organizer, has a vision of making the Whale Festival more than just a party and that is where we came in. This year we focused on our Marine 5 thewhales,sharks,seals,dolphinsand ourendangered African penguin with information on all the species on display along with all our projects. The talks were arranged around the theme and were all live streamed soon to be shown on ourYouTube Channel.

TheSustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI)joined us in spreading the message about the current status of our fish stock and how we as consumers can affect the long term viability. Already a positive turn in Kingklip stocks has been noted.

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