#High5for5 Competition The holidays are here! It's time to relax and enjoy your time out of the office. These holidays we want to celebrate the announcement of the 5% protection of the oceans around South Africa by giving away a one day voyage on the RV Angra Pequena, Wildoceanssa 72 ft research vessel captained by Dr Jean Harris and used by some of the top marine scientists in the country. What do you have to do? 1) LIKE the Only This Much on Instagram 2) TAG 5 friends in the comment section below 3) Upload an image of yourself enjoying our South African oceans, using the hashtag #High5for5. Competition ends:15th January 2019 T/C apply: Valid for one person on the vessel. Please note: This is a Facebook and Instagram competition.
@wildoceanssa and the #OnlyThisMuch Campaign felt it was important to show our support of the S.D.C.E.A. rally in Durban today-marching to highlight the threats linked to oil and gas and the risks and potential impacts on our oceans. Today we marched against the proposed offshore oil and gas exploration that is set to take place on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. We need to make our voices heard to help advance the protection of our oceans. Read our press release regarding this issue: https://www.facebook.com/notes/onlythismuch/press-release-environmental-report-understates-potential-catastrophe-on-the-east/2135052646561794/
Do we want this to happen to the oceans around South Africa? Do our oceans face the same potential catastrophe as the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010? In January 2018, environmental consultant ERM (Environmental Resources Management) submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) application on behalf of Italian oil company Eni seeking environmental authorisation to drill up to six deep water wells offshore of the East Coast of South Africa in water depths up to 3000m. “A key concern relating to any offshore oil and gas exploration drilling programme is the risk of a catastrophic oil spill occurring, and the environmental and socio-economic impacts such a spill can have,” said Dr Jean Harris, Executive Director of the WILDOCEANS programme. The future of our oceans health is in jeopardy, with all marine life and sea birds at risk. Only 5% of the oceans around South African are protected from the oil and gas industry. Join the campaign to spread awareness: www.onlythismuch.co.za
Take a look at the new Marine Protected Areas map released by @environmentza at @egyptcop14 We would like to congratulate the Department of Environmental Affairs and are very proud to have the new 20 MPAs announced by our Director General Nosipho Ngcaba. Achieving this quality representative MPA network is a credit to all those that have contributed- with civil society and the scientific community working closely with government to make this a reality. Dr Jean Harris (Executive Director of @wildoceanssa) The approval of 20 new and expanded Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by South Africa’s Cabinet on the 24th of October brings the total protection of the oceans around South Africa up to 5%, from 0.4%, and is a massive win for marine conservation in African waters. Image: Ragged-rooth shark at Protea Banks. Credit: African Dive Adventures
NEWS: Surf out celebration... Watch the clip on our Facebook page. On Saturday morning, the 10th of November 2018, a group of surfers and ocean enthusiasts braved the harsh winds at uShaka Beach in Durban to take part in a video reflecting their celebration of the good news with #OnlyThisMuch. We congratulate the South African government for taking this bold step to underwrite the health of our oceans. It is a tribute to the visionary leadership of the late Minister Edna Molewa and her team who have worked so hard to achieve this. This 5% will ensure we are on track to meet our international obligation to protect 10% of the oceans around South Africa by 2020, and the scientifically recommended 30% by 2030. This will safeguard marine resources for the benefit of all South Africans. A big thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate with us, it was such a fun morning. www.onlythismuch.co.za
We had lots of fun on Saturday working on something exciting with @wildoceanssa. Any guesses what it is? Watch our page this week to find out!