November 27, 2008 by dyertrust

<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-598" title="” src=”http://old.dict.org.za/blogs/2011/09/news_fonsharkmeag.jpg” alt=”” width=”280″ height=”208″>On the weekend of August 30th 2008, the Western Cape witnessed a massive cold front that saw high winds and extreme sea conditions which caused significant damage along the whole of the coastline. One of the victims of this harsh storm was the locally basedFollowing the severe storm damage to the SASC research and education facility, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, under the direction of founder Wilfred Chivell, made a generous donation of R10 000 to the SASC. The donation to the SASC will go towards helping to rebuild much of the damaged materials in the laboratory and education sections of the facility. In association with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, the South African Shark Conservancy is initiating an exciting ecosystem-based long-term monitoring program in Walker Bay. This “Faces of Need” project is focused on the conservation and sustainable utilization of two commercially valuable shark species, the soupfin shark and the sevengill cowshark. The monitoring program will collect fishery-specific and species-specific baseline data while developing an effective and holistic, ecosystem-based management approach through fisher outreach and education and public awareness activities. This is the second of our Faces of Need projects, the first of which is directed towards our vulnerable African Penguin population on Dyer Island.