Volunteer update

November 29, 2011 by dyertrust

As this year is almost to a close, we were very fortunate to have such wonderful volunteers and interns this year. From 18 year old gape year to 68 year old retired war veteran as well as soldiers and marines from the USA and Afghanistan to some that accidently stumbled onto our programme. Some were here for only a week as this is the only time their vacation allows and some were here for a month and extended for a another couple of months.

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European Union proposes ban on shark finning

November 29, 2011 by dyertrust

The European Commission presented draft legislation forbidding shark finning by all vessels fishing in EU waters, and all EU-registered vessels operating anywhere in the world.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/21/us-eu-sharks-ban-idUSTRE7AK1C320111121

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DICT's internship programme gets promoted in U.S.A

November 29, 2011 by dyertrust

DICT Marine Biologist and Intern coordinator Michelle Wcisel set sails for her homeland of the USA in September to promote the DICT's internship program. Michelle gave talks in Michigan and Florida to very enthusiastic students who have already started applying for internship positions for next winter. It was also a great opportunity to meet with some great minds and talk to many professors about their research. "I think it was a great trip - not only were the students super excited, but I got to learn more about what the USA is up to research-wise. It really was a blast!"

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VW partners with DICT

November 16, 2011 by dyertrust

vw logoThe Trust is very excited to announce that Volkswagen South Africa has recently decided to sponsor our work, first by the sponsorship of two vehicles and by an intensive marketing campaign encouraging the public to support our various research and conservation projects.

Volkswagens vision is to become a company with meaning and impact in terms of environmental consciousness, and an industry leader in environmental responsibility. We believe our partnership and support of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust will play a critical role in assisting them to conserve the rich marine life in the Gansbaai area, said Mike Glendinning, Director: Sales and Marketing at Volkswagen Group South Africa.

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Effects of Smart Position Only (SPOT) Tag Deployment on White Sharks

November 16, 2011 by dyertrust

 

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Marine biologist, Alison Towner visits the U.K

November 15, 2011 by dyertrust

During the last two weeks of October, I was lucky enough to visit the UK, courtesy of Marine Dynamics and The Dyer Island Conservation Trust. My aim, as with previous years, was to promote shark diving and South Africa as a destination to the British diving community at the Dive show in Birmingham.

The weather in Britain was surprisingly mild this year, with only the occasional bit of rain. It gave me the opportunity to appreciate the quaint country landscapes we have in the Lancashire area, such contrasting scenery to the dramatic South African views I am now so well accustomed to!

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Blue Flag Beach Programme in partnership with DICT

November 15, 2011 by dyertrust

Katja Vinding Petersen and fishing line binThe Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) in association with Overstrand Municipality, Gansbaai Administration established the Fishing Line Recovery Program (FLRP) in 2010 along the Gansbaai shoreline, with specially designed disposal bins. This innovative project aims to reduce the severe environmental damage caused by discarded fishing line on our coastline. Monofilament fishing line is non-biodegradable and enters the marine environment where it entangles wildlife, is mistakenly ingested by birds and animals, resulting in injury or death, and is also hazardous to boaters and swimmers.

By increasing public awareness about the negative impacts that fishing line debris has on marine life, water quality, and human welfare, DICT hopes to reduce the amount of fishing line entering and remaining in the marine environment, as well as to increase the amount of fishing line being recycled. Anglers and beach walkers are encouraged to recycle or dispose of their used fishing line at these bins.

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The Ripple Effect supports Great White Shark Research

November 15, 2011 by dyertrust

ripple effect swimThe Ripple Effect runs on a simple idea that you can make a difference by doing what you love. Started by Simon Borchert and Toni Enderli, they lead a group of passionate swimmers by arranging various events. On the 22nd October, they hosted the only organised 10km swim in South Africa - the Shelley Point Deep Blue Invitational.

This event provided the opportunity for the Dyer Island Conservation Trust and eco-tourism partner Marine Dynamics to share their research on the Great White Shark. Marine biologist Oliver Jewell was able to share with the swimmers the way in which the way in which shark cage diving done by Marine Dynamics presentationcan help keep this species protected and change perceptions. Oliver shared the work done of identifying individual sharks through fin IDs. This helps build a population estimate crucial when it is believed that only 3500-5000 great white sharks are left. Oliver was also able to share information on their incredible wound healing abilities as well as the exciting acoustic tagging and tracking programme. The sharks show seasonal patterns of behaviour - feeding on the Cape fur seal in winter then moving inshore to the shallows during summer when more interactions with people can occur. The reasons for this behaviour are not entirely clear and the research is aimed at understanding this behaviour taking into account the influence of environmental parameters such as water temperature, oxygen and salinity.

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The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) supports DICT

November 15, 2011 by dyertrust

National LotterDICT was recently awarded a grant of R562 500 (Five hundred and sixty two thousand five hundred rand) from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). The funding has been granted to help with operational costs including salaries and web administration; support great white shark research; the development and printing of educational brochures and grow the craft project through more active management.

The DICT is involved in valuable research of the legendary apex predator, the great white shark, an important part of the oceans ecosystem. There remain an estimated 3500-5000

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2011 International Coastal Cleanup

November 15, 2011 by dyertrust

international coastal cleanupHere are the results of the South African 2011 International Coastal Cleanup (click on picture to download results). We have seen growth in numbers and our impact and it is only thanks to people wanting to make a difference. Marine debris serves as the scream of a social problem of littering and not caring. This years data echo more formal data that packaging from the fast food industry is growing at an alarming rate.

A source of waste that is also concerning is the littering at areas where young children congregate (schools etc.) and this year saw us for the first time tackling issues of litter on school grounds.

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