Yearly Archives: 2018


September 15, 2018 The Marine Dynamics / Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT,) together with the Overstrand Municipality partnered for International Coastal Clean Up day, doing the 1,5km stretch of rocky coastline from the Gansbaai Caravan Park towards the tidal pool. International Coastal Clean Up Day is a global movement with all trash recorded going into the South African database with PlasticsSA [...]


September 06, 2018 Arbor Day is an environmental awareness day in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season. South Africa first celebrated this event in 1983 and it is now celebrated for a week in September. The event captured the imagination of people [...]

Humpback Whale Stranding

August 17, 2018 Meredith Thornton: Research Coordinator, Dyer Island Conservation Trust Earlier this week the Dyer Island Conservation Trust received a call about a whale on the rocks at Skulpiesbaai, near Stanford’s Cove. Upon arriving on site our Research Coordinator, Meredith Thornton, confirmed that the whale was freshly dead, and either died at sea within the last 24 hours, or came [...]


August 02, 2018 Grant has a master’s degree in critical psychology and has spent 30 years in the natural world, first as a professional field guide and then as Managing Director of The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA). He has a full national certificate in nature and culture guiding and is qualified to guide in dangerous game areas. It [...]

International Plastic Bag Free Day 2018

July 03, 2018 July is plastic awareness month, aiming at combating single use plastic items. The Theme for this year is: “It’s high time to create a Plastic Bag Free World!” Tuesday 3rd July was added to the environmental calendar as International Plastic Bag Free Day (IPBFD) - dedicated to heightening awareness about the issues brought about by this most popular [...]

DEEP dive into the Two Oceans Aquarium

June 25, 2018 The Dyer Island Conservation Trust Environmental Education Programme(DEEP) second and third year intake learners visited the Two Oceans Aquarium on Wednesday, 20 June, as part of their programme. The programme focuses on the marine ecosystem. During the course of the year the children learn about protecting and conserving the marine environment, including marine animals and rocky shores ecosystem. The visit [...]


June 08, 2018 The Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) officially launched the Fishing Line Recovery and Recycling Program along the Gansbaai shoreline in 2010. This innovative project of strategically placed unique fishing line bins aims to reduce the severe environmental damage caused by discarded fishing line on our coastline. “Our marine animal rescue team has seen some of the worst injuries [...]

Laser Photogrammetry – a non-invasive tool to yield key biological information from Sharks

June 04, 2018 The latest Marine Dynamics evening started on a positive note with Dyer Island Conservation Trust Environment Educational Programme, better know as the DEEP Blue ambassadors, opening with a short presentation on what this programme means for their education and personal development. The youngest future DEEP ambassador, Munashe Mudenge, just 6 years old introduced the rest of the team [...]