Tagging success!

August 06, 2015 by dyertrust

Alison Towner
DICT Marine Biologist

It is now peak winter season here in the Western Cape. At this time of year we tend to get extreme cold fronts interspersed by one or two windless days followed by another cold front! On the morning of Tuesday 28th July, a 3m swell with very little wind provided us with a morning gap, so we grabbed the opportunity to launch our research boat Lwazi in an attempt to deploy our first round of R-code transmitters! To our joy we were able to successfully deploy tags on two individual sharks whilst we were anchored on a reef system west of Dyer Island called the Geldsteen.

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Enriching Young Minds

August 05, 2015 by dyertrust

As part of our environmental education programme, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) and International Marine Volunteers (IMV) has joined hands with Gina Boysens Enviro-Club from Masakhane Primary School to help to enhance their programme and to fulfil our aim to nurture young minds and instil in them a passion for the environment and the conservation thereof, with a focus on marine life.

On the 3rd of August the group of 9-10 year old girls were collected from school by Francois Swart, our IMV coordinator, and brought to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS). The IMV volunteers joined in to help out, making sure all the learners had a quick snack on arrival and they helped them with their special DICT T-shirt for wearing to their club meetings. Then they got down to the business of learning all about where plastic, glass, metal and paper come from, how paper is more renewable than plastics, why recycling is important and most importantly what we can do to make a difference in the world around us, by making wise choices.

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