Dyer Island Conservation Trust

African Penguin Awareness Day 2020 – We are in this together

  “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” ― Douglas Adams,   We think we can now definitely confirm that the second [...]

Keep Marine Wildlife Safe From Nurdles

It is being reported that nurdles are washing up along the coastline so please keep a look out. Should you find any, please separate from other waste and place in a separate bag or container with details of where found and drop off at the Dyer Island Conservation Trust office at the Great White House, or at our key project, the [...]

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary

The work of the environmentally conscious students of Global Leadership Adventures has given the Marine Dynamics/Dyer Island Conservation Trust team time to reflect on our penguin conservation projects and the reasons we built the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary. Over the past blogs we have tackled the issues of historical impacts on our African penguin populations, as well as marine pollution [...]

What To Do If You Find A Stranded African Penguin

In the third part of our student projects from Global Leadership Adventures, we touch on the topic of stranded penguins. These projects are designed to see how the students interpret the information and teach them new skills. Dyer Island Conservation Trust / Marine Dynamics are part of the Overberg Stranding Network and in Gansbaai are often the first port of call [...]

Sharks And Penguins At Generation School

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) was invited to speak to the younger students (age 6 to 9) at Generation School in Hermanus. Gerhard van der Merwe, a long term volunteer at DICT’s key project, the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, arranged the talk and sponsored some penguin pendants for each child. Gerhard, together with Trust representative, Brenda Walters, taught the [...]

Marine Pollution Impacts Marine Wildlife

In the second part of our student projects from Global Leadership Adventures, we touch on the topic of marine pollution. The team of Dyer Island Conservation Trust / Marine Dynamics have a few projects aimed at addressing marine pollution. Our fishing line bin project has been in place since 2010 and stretches along the South African coastline. In 2019, we started [...]

Marine Dynamics / Dyer Island Conservation Trust Partner With Global Leadership Adventures Inspiring And Educating Students Online On Marine Conservation

Students from various states in America signed up for the online course offered by Global Leadership Adventures. With Covid-19 preventing the Marine Dynamics Academy from learning and working with students onsite, this was the first time the team of marine biologists took the work online and overall, the course was ranked very highly. Global Leadership Adventures conducts leadership programs with a [...]

Green Turtle Dissection

In July 2020, a deceased green turtle (Chelonia mydas) washed up in the Gansbaai area, near the Die Gruis. CEO of Marine Dynamics, Wilfred Chivell, together with Hennie Otto collected the animal. A team from the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation together with biologists from Marine Dynamics and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust dissected it in order to determine the cause [...]

Endangered African penguin under surveillance

A conservation partnership between Hikvision and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) is bringing the African penguins to the people. In the first phase of the project new HikVison surveillance cameras will be installed at the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, a project of the DICT. This will allow the public to view the feeding and rehabilitation process as well as [...]