DEEP GRADUATION

December 18, 2018

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Environmental Education Programme known as DEEP works with dedicated groups of young learners and runs for three years to monitor and evaluate the impact and growth of each and every individual learner. Our aim is to expose these young learners to the field of science and conservation and serve as a forerunner for future skills training. It is with a mixture of sadness and pride that we say goodbye to the first group to have completed their three years. Educator Pinkey Ngewu gave each learner a certificate and celebrated with the groups in their second and first year.

The students learn about the marine world, participate in beach cleanups, go out to sea with partners Dyer Island Cruises and Marine Dynamics and go on special excursions relevant to the programme, including a yearend camp. The students learn to present to an audience, understand the Marine Big 5 and some of the other animals in the area, learn about our crucial wetlands and issues related to marine pollution. They are exposed to any special conservation moments that the staff of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust experience.

“We hope we have given them a strong platform and wish them all the best for their future academic performance. We will be watching their development over the next few years and hope that some, if not all, will follow a career path in conservation,” says Pinkey.

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WHITE SHARK RESEARCH PRIORITIES

December 18, 2018

White shark experts from across the globe came together to map out the priorities for future research on the species. Our shark biologist, Alison Towner, contributed to this critical paper, as did her PhD supervisor Dr Malcom Smale, and past students affiliated with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

“White sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, are often described as elusive, with little information available due to the logistical difficulties of studying large marine predators that make long-distance migrations across ocean basins. Increased understanding of aggregation patterns, combined with recent advances in technology have, however, facilitated a new breadth of studies revealing fresh insights into the biology and ecology of white sharks. Although we may no longer be able to refer to the white shark as a little-known, elusive species, there remain numerous key questions that warrant investigation and research focus. The themes developed here provide a global road map for white shark research that will enable further comparisons among aggregation sites and a broader understanding of white shark ecology.”

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