Yearly Archives: 2019

Marine Evening: Clean Marine

Clean Marine October’s marine evening was a colourful mixture of different topics and speakers. Brenda du Toit, of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, provided insight about how marine debris occurs and its consequences such as entanglement or death of marine life found in the area. Brenda emphasised that it is up to everyone to make a difference. In the course of [...]

Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium 2019

SA Shark & Ray Symposium The DICT, Shark biologists Alison Towner, Ralph Watson, and Toby Rogers attended the Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium hosted by the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town 7-10th October. Alison presented one of her PhD chapters on the ecological changes post-Orca predation of white sharks in Gansbaai. This was the fifth symposium Alison has attended. The [...]

10 Years of Environmental Education at the Hermanus Whale Festival

The eco tent at the Hermanus Whale Festival was a real winner this year with many interested visitors. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust/Marine Dynamics team was there, for their tenth year, and had excellent engagement with children and adults alike. “The displays encourage children to understand our marine species and how scientists study them. As such, we had some shark fin [...]

Oct 3rd, 2019|DICT|

DICT Reports & Scientific Publications

REPORTS Dyer Island Conservation Trust Decade of Achievement Report.   SHARKS Queiroz, N., Humphries, N.E., Couto, A., Vedor, M., da Costa, I., Sequeira, A.M.M., Mucientes, G., Santos, A.M., Abascal, F.J., Abercrombie, D.L., Abrantes, K., Acuña-Marrero, D., Afonso, A.S., Afonso, P., Anders, D., Araujo, G., Arauz, R., Bach, P., Barnett, A., Bernal, D., Berumen, M.L., Bessudo Lion, S., Bezerra, N.P.A., Blaison, A.V., [...]

Sep 21st, 2019|DICT|

International Coastal Clean-up Day 21 September 2019

  International Coastal Clean Up Day is a global movement started over 30 years ago by the Ocean Conservancy with communities rallying together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering the coastline. This year's theme is: Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) and the Overstrand Municipality arranged a clean-up at Danger Point. Each area [...]

Sep 21st, 2019|DICT|

MARINE EVENING: THE SOCIAL NETWORK OF SPERM WHALES

  August 24, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust In what was one of the best-attended marine evenings, with local and international guests, speaker and marine biologist Miranda van der Linde, blew everyone away with her talk on the Social Network of Sperm Whales. Miranda has been studying sperm whales in the Azores archipelago for 9 years and is a guest guide [...]

Aug 25th, 2019|DICT|

MARINE POLLUTION ROADSHOW

August 20, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust The Dyer Island Conservation Trust joined John Kieser from Plastics ǀ SA on his trip to hand out materials required for the International Coastal Clean Up. International Coastal Clean Up Day is on the 21st September and various organisations around the world participate. This is in fact John’s 25th clean up that he has [...]

GLOBAL SPATIAL RISK ASSESSMENT OF SHARKS UNDER THE FOOTPRINT OF FISHERIES

July 25, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust The Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s shark biologists Alison Towner and Oliver Jewell are co-authors on a ground-breaking new study published in the science journal Nature. The work confirms that sharks have very limited spatial refuge from industrial longline fisheries in open oceans, worldwide. This is one of the most substantial collaborative datasets between shark [...]

NEWSPAPERS HAVE A SECOND LIFE – FUN WITH SILWERJARE ON MANDELA DAY 2019

July 18, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust The Dyer Island Conservation Trust believes that every day is Mandela Day, but still, the team thought it a good idea to share some tea and cake with some special guests. The Trust’s key project, the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, started making bags of newspaper a few years ago, but they needed an [...]

Jul 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|