October 09, 2010 by dyertrust

The Hermanus Whale Festival proved a great place to promote the work of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. The festival organizers sponsored our Marine Big 5 exhibition and the Old Harbour Museum agreed we could use the space outside the whale museum. The Festival was 5 days in total this year and more spread out to involve the community. The atmosphere was festive and by all accounts the businesses in the areas did well. Leon Theron, festival organizer, has a vision of making the Whale Festival more than just a party and that is where we came in. This year we focused on our Marine 5thewhales,sharks,seals,dolphinsand ourendangered African penguin with information on all the species on display along with all our projects. The talks were arranged around the theme and were all live streamedsoon to be shown on ourYouTube Channel.

TheSustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI)joined us in spreading the message about the current status of our fish stock and how we as consumers can affect the long term viability. Already a positive turn in Kingklip stocks has been noted.

children at the Marine Big 5 tentA childrens educational slot was held as well as a colouring competitiontwo prizes of a family trip for 4 withDyer Island Cruiseswas up for grabs. This was won by Dominique Heydenrych and Shanae Williams.

The Trust hopes to gain a bigger audience next year as this educational aspect of the Festival grows.

Special thanks to sponsors:

Hermanus Whale Festival
Old Harbour Museum
Jaco FourieConnected Design
Jeanette Du Toit – JayDee Media
Linda Chivell – Fasttrax Marine
Overstrand Municipality GansbaaiGansbaai Tourism
Studio Jo-SignsFlower Valley Trust
Anglo SA Sawmilling