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STORM WATER DRAIN NET PLACED IN GANSBAAI, MINIMISING MARINE POLLUTION

July 05, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust Inspired by a project in Australia, Wilfred Chivell of Marine Dynamics Tours and founder of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, realised the need for a net system over the storm water drain outlets in Gansbaai. The first identified site was Gansbaai Harbour, an area notorious for plastic pollution and a prime spot to test [...]

Jul 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

FLYING FREE

June 24, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust “Our mind is a limitless sky and we can only be an albatross flying in the vast expanse to occasionally discover the joys of sublimity!” - Avijeet Das Every so often we get a call to assist with a large seabird. If you know your birds, you will know that “large seabird” is not [...]

Jun 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Seabirds – the canaries in the coal mine

  A canary in a coal mine is an advanced warning of some danger. The metaphor originates from the times when miners used to carry caged canaries while at work; if there was any methane or carbon monoxide in the mine, the canary would die before the levels of the gas reached those hazardous to humans. Death by plastic We are all aware of plastic pollution but, being confronted with [...]

Jun 22nd, 2019|APSS|

SEABIRDS – THE CANARIES IN THE COAL MINE

June 21, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust A canary in a coal mine is an advanced warning of some danger. The metaphor originates from the times when miners used to carry caged canaries while at work; if there was any methane or carbon monoxide in the mine, the canary would die before the levels of the gas reached those hazardous to [...]

Jun 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

FYNARTS LUNCH AT LAPENTOLA

June 16, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust White shark biologist Alison Towner and Brenda du Toit of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust were privileged to be the speakers at the FynArts Hermanus event ‘Lifestyle Environmental Lunch’ at LaPentola. Chef Shane Sauvage is a committed donor to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, a key project of the Trust and all proceeds [...]

Jun 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|

WORLD OCEAN’S DAY 2019

June 07, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust World Ocean’s Day is a great time for us to highlight the importance and raise awareness of our ocean systems. To celebrate this day the 2019 intake of Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Environmental Education Programme (DEEP) joined one of our Biologists for the morning to learn about some of the smaller, less talked about [...]

Jun 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2019 – FISHING LINE BIN PROJECT RECEIVES SPONSORSHIP FROM MACNEIL PLASTICS

June 05, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s fishing line bin project is growing due to the partnership with Plastics ǀ SA and MacNeil Plastics. MacNeil Plastics is donating the material required to make our fishing line bins and [...]

Jun 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

ACOUSTIC RECEIVERS (ATAP) DEPLOYMENT

May 27, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust Over the weekend scientists from the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, in collaboration with the Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP), replaced several acoustic receivers in the Gansbaai area. On Saturday afternoon Alison Towner, Ralph Watson and Toby Rogers went out on Lwazi, with skipper Francois Swart, and several Marine Dynamics Academy intern and volunteers, to [...]

May 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Dwarf Minke Whale Stranding

May 23, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust On the evening of the 21st of May 2019, Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s CEO Wilfred Chivell, was contacted by Neil Falck regarding the stranding of a Minke Whale at Struisbaai. A team consisting of Wilfred, and biologists Alison Towner, Kelly Baker and Ralph Watson was dispatched the next morning to investigate. Based upon colour-patterns [...]

May 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|