MARINE EVENING WITH GIBBS KUGURU - HAMMERHEAD SHARKS AND GENETICS

September 26, 2016 Brenda du Toit

Passionate conservationist and accomplished speaker, Gibbs Kuguru was the recent speaker at the Marine Dynamics marine evening on the 27th September.

Gibbs Kuguru is a final year candidate for his MSc in Genetics from Stellenbosch University. His research is primarily focused on the smooth hammerhead sharks in South Africa, but he has also worked with other sharks for fisheries management purposes. He came to South Africa four years ago and worked in the cage diving industry for 2.5 years in Mossel Bay with White Shark Africa. There he was introduced to sharks for the first time and hasn't stopped pursuing them since.

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International Coastal Clean Up Day 17 September 2016

September 17, 2016 Brenda du Toit

Gansbaai

Every year the world unites in a coastal clean-up initiative. Data collected from this day feeds into a national and international database with Ocean Conservancy who started this global action.

This year in Gansbaai, a few groups united to work three different areas: the Uilenskraal estuary bridge, Gansbaai caravan park area in the harbour, and Stanford Cove. Dyer Island Conservation Trust with the Masakhane DEEP group, the International Marine Volunteers, Overstrand Municipality and Gansbaai Tourism together collected 22 bags of trash totalling 115.9kgs. The primary items we collected were glass and plastic. With an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, that comes as no surprise. Hundreds of thousands of marine creatures die every year from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found. At least two thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.

What can you do: Stop using single use plastic TODAY. Ninety percent of the plastic items in our daily lives are used once: grocery bags, plastic wrap, disposable cutlery, straws, coffee-cup lids. Take note of how often you rely on these products and replace them with reusable versions. Make a pledge to actively try to take your own bags to the shop when you set out on your next shopping adventure. Your small act will make a difference.

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Arbor Week 2016 - Trees For Life

September 13, 2016 Brenda du Toit

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust Environmental Education Programme (DEEP) went tree planting in the Franskraal Milkwood Forest for Arbor Day. Benjamin Kondokter of the Overstrand Municipality arranged the four white milkwood (Sideroxylon inerme) trees which were planted by the group.  The milkwood is a protected tree in South Africa and this area in Franskraal has space where these trees can be planted.

South Africa celebrates Arbor Week in the first week of September annually. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), as the custodian of forestry in South Africa, is responsible for the campaign. This is an opportune time to call on all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management.

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