The 6th Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust, in partnership with Marine Dynamics, is proud, and excited, to be hosting the 2021 6th Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium from 17-19 November. The theme of the symposium for 2021 is “Catalyst for Change: Post-pandemic research on Southern African Chondrichthyans.” As we emerge from the pandemic the 6th SASRS will offer the chance for the [...]

National Water Week and World Water Day 2021

The National Water Week campaign is aimed at raising awareness around the need to protect and conserve the country's water resources and our collective responsibility towards water conservation initiatives.  The campaign is celebrated from 15 to 22 March, against the backdrop of the World Water Day on 22 March. The theme for 2021 is “Valuing water” and aims to understand how people value water whether it is [...]

Eavesdropping on endangered humpback dolphins (Sousa plumbea) in Kleinbaai, South Africa.

~ This is a joint blog post between SeaSearch and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust With less than 500 individuals estimated to be left in South Africa, team members from The SWORD Project (Signature Whistle Occurrence, Recapture and Density) of SeaSearch visited Kleinbaai to work with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) to test new acoustic equipment and record humpback dolphin [...]

Mini-Nemo Tagged

- Alison Towner, Marine Biologist, PhD Candidate The Dyer Island Conservation Trust in Gansbaai is thrilled to announce the successful deployment of an acoustic transmitter onto one of Gansbaai’s most iconic white sharks. The newly re-named “not so Mini” Nemo arrived back in the area on 13 February 2021 and has been catalogued by the crew of Marine Dynamics for the [...]

Pilot Whale Stranding

~ Ralph Watson, Marine Biologist, Marine Dynamics/Dyer Island Conservation Trust On the 28th of January, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) received a report of a whale stranding near Pearly Beach. Dickie Chivell and Ralph Watson were sent out to investigate and arriving on-site it became clear this was no ordinary stranding. The whale was a long-finned Pilot whale (Globicephala melas) , [...]


  Celebrate with us. There is a reason the March for the Penguins, held annually at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, occurs on the 21st December. This date just happens to be the birthday of Dyer Island Conservation Trust founder, Wilfred Chivell. In the new virtual world you can take part in the March for the Penguins on any day [...]

Beach clean-up. Benguela Current Convention and Dyer Island Conservation Trust band together

The Benguela Current Convention (BCC) under the flagship of the Department of Environment Fisheries and Forestry’s (DEFF) have partnered with Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) and the Overstrand Municipality hosted a beach clean-up on Romansbaai beach in the Gansbaai area on the 18th of December. A Clean Ocean My Responsibility The event hosted 80 students from the schools of Masakhane and [...]