Wilfred Chivell wins environmental award

August 27, 2012 by dyertrust

Wilfred Chivell Environmental AwardOwner of Marine Dynamics Shark Tours, Dyer Island Cruises Whale Watching and founder of Dyer island Conservation Trust, Wilfred Chivell, was rewarded for his conservation efforts this week when receiving the Overstrand Mayors Annual Environmental Conservation Award.

Wilfred is raising the bar in a competitive shark cage diving industry that could be used solely for commercial gain and at personal cost to Wilfred, both companies are leaders, using the time spent at sea to benefit the understanding of the marine environment and actively facilitating research.

Wilfred Chivell is a visionary creating employment, supporting the community in various ways and putting profits into research, conservation and education. Passionate about animals, especially marine animals, Wilfred has invested all his time into various projects and ideas that are aimed at protecting the valuable marine environment and understanding and protecting the animal species.

Projects include the African penguin housing project aimed at improving fledgling success; the support of great white shark research that includes a tagging and tracking programme; support of whale and dolphin studies; community education; addressing marine pollution through the unique fishing line bin project among others. Working together with Universities and other conservation organizations a really unique business model has been created with the companies actively fund raising for the efforts coordinated through the Trust. Wilfred appreciates the support of the Municipality in recognising his efforts.
The call for nominations was made by Whale Coast Conservation organisation. The award is for an individual or an organisation that has made an exceptional contribution to environmental conservation within the Overstrand Municipal area. Criteria include creativity, innovation and effort; impact, effectiveness and sustainability; inspirational, educational and/or scientific value and level of community involvement. Nominations received were of a high standard with the real winner being the environment.