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DEEP NEW INTAKE

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust launched a three-year environmental education programme in 2016, known as DEEP. Every year we select 13 learners and in the first year, our first intake was already participating in an eco-school project. Now every year we select a new group to begin the programme and the learners are required to write a motivational letter stating why [...]

Dead Copper (Bronze Whaler) shark due to Orca predation

A three meter long Copper shark (also known as the bronze whaler shark) was retrieved from Grotto Beach in Hermanus on the morning of 5 Feb 2020, by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust/Marine Dynamics research team. The female shark was torn open at the torso with its liver and heart completely removed. The previous day, two killer whales known as Port and Starboard [...]

World Wetlands Day 2020 – DEEP goes Estuary Monitoring

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Environmental Education Programme (DEEP) together with our conservation partner Marine Dynamics and the volunteers from Marine Dynamics Academy, visited the Uilenkraalsmond Estuary to do estuary monitoring and birding. The team was joined by Gansbaai Academia’s marine sciences teacher Lizelle Carolus and her learners, and DEEP Club students. The monitoring was led [...]

DEEP Roughing It Out 2.0

At the end of last year, we brought you a story of our four Dyer Island Conservation Trust Environment Education Programme (DEEP) Alumni students that were selected to join the children’s reality series Roughing it Out (SABC 2). They are back and the verdict is in, they had beyond a wild time! The participants were taken out of their comfort zone [...]

2019 March for the Penguins

Over 200 people walked, waddled or ran in the annual March for the Penguins held at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) in Gansbaai. The 5km fun walk arranged by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust has become a highlight on the calendar for locals and visitors to Gansbaai. The event creates awareness about the endangered status of the African penguin [...]

DEEP Roughing It Out

Four of our Dyer Island Conservation Trust Environmental Education Programme (DEEP) alumni students were selected to join the children’s reality series Roughing It Out (SABC 2). In the series, contestants are removed from the comfort of urban living and immersed into nature.  A series of adrenalin-fuelled eco-challenges test their mental and physical skills. Dyer Island Conservation Trust educator Pinkey Ngewu, took [...]

Storm water stencils and statistics in Gansbaai

Efforts to stem the tide of marine pollution are taking place in Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa. The Overstrand Municipality is working in partnership with Marine Dynamics and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust to prevent waste from reaching the ocean. Councillor Riana de Coning and Overstrand Municipality Gansbaai Manager Francois Myburgh met with the Trust representatives Pinkey Ngewu and Brenda du [...]

Taurus Cape Kelp donates to DEEP

Taurus Cape Kelp is committed to helping the local community, through job creation as well as financial support of several local schools and initiatives. It was with this in mind that Taurus donated R10 000 to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Environmental Education Programme (known as DEEP). Led by Trust educator Pinkey Ngewu, the programme is focused on learners in Masakhane, with [...]

Marine Month Competition Winners 2019

In its fourth year, the Marine Month competition run by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust with eco-tourism partners Marine Dynamics & Dyer Island Cruises, and with the support of conservation partners, the Overstrand Municipality, Birdlife Overberg and the Department of Environmental Affairs, Fisheries and Forestry (DEFF), reached 28 schools in the Overstrand area. This campaign, held every October, aims to raise [...]

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 [...]