In light of World Oceans Day this Saturday 8 June, we will be joining the @wildoceanssa team on Durban's Golden Mile by Surf Riders Cafe for a beach cleanup and a little surprise. Get involved by joining us this Saturday at 9:30am on the Durban beachfront and make a difference this #WorldOceansDay
Introducing....Ocean iMPAct! After the successful year Only This Much had as a campaign, we move into a new phase, with new goals lying ahead of us. This required a shift, which could not have come at a better time, with the formal declaration by @environmentza of 20 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in South Africa - happening just days before Ocean iMPAct officially launched. We have been overwhelmed with all the support and look forward to making more of an Ocean iMPAct with our partners @wildoceanssa, @oceanunite and @wwfsouthafrica as we enter this new phase of our campaign.
BREAKING NEWS: NEW CAMPAIGN NAME LAUNCHED Here it is! After several months of planning and creative design, we are very excited to announce our new campaign name: Ocean iMPAct A result of an exciting “Name the Campaign” social media competition and just in time to amplify the excitement around the gazetting of 20 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in South Africa – Ocean iMPAct officially launches today. Ocean iMPAct hopes to help advance the protection of the oceans around South Africa within MPAs – part of a second phase of the MPA expansion project, with an overall objective to reach the global MPA target of 10% by 2020 - and pave the way for African states to support a global target of 30% strongly protected by 2030. “Earlier this year we put out a call to the public to help name the campaign, previously ‘Only This Much’, by submitting an upbeat and positive, short, punchy and inspirational name that promotes the value of our oceans, profiles MPAs as our heritage - our legacy for tomorrow, and highlights why we need 10% - and ultimately 30% protection by 2030 for our oceans,” said Campaign Lead, Lauren van Nijkerk. “A score of passionate and creative ocean advocates submitted their names and ‘Ocean iMPAct’ (with the MPA of ‘impact’ in capital letters) – an adaptation of a name submitted by Varsha Naidu Moodley was chosen.” We look forward to making more of an Ocean iMPAct with our partners @wildoceanssa, @oceanunite and @wwfsouthafrica as we enter this new phase of our campaign.
BREAKING NEWS: The Minister of @environmentza has officially declared 20 marine protected areas in terms of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act. Formally advancing the protection of the oceans around South Africa from 0.4% to 5% within Marine Protected Areas. This is a very important step for South Africa, and a credit to all the people who have worked so hard to implement the Cabinet decision to approve 20 new/expanded MPAs. MPAs are an essential tool for Ocean health. They protect the Oceans and the resources people depend from risks such as climate change, over-fishing and mining. We look forward to supporting government to achieve their effective management, and in working towards our commitment attaining the 10% CBD target by 2020. This is a critical moment in the journey towards the 30% ocean protection that science indicates is needed to restore and conserve the oceans.” Dr Jean Harris, @wildoceanssa See the government gazette here : https://cer.org.za/virtual-library/whats-new/slot-1 Photo by Steve Benjamin
GET INVOLVED this World Turtle Day. In the Maputaland Marine Protected Area up the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Leatherback Turtles and Loggerhead Turtles beach between November and February to lay their eggs. Sea turtle populations are declining globally and many are now considered critically endangered. Turtles are a key species that play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Wildoceanssa is working with/supporting @ezemvelokznwild and @isimangaliso to continue the unbroken protection and monitoring of Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles that nest on the beaches within the Marine Protected Area. This not only supports ongoing protection and conservation of the species, but also builds local capacity and bolsters socio-economic reliance in the region through the creation of jobs. Rachel Kramer, @wildoceanssa This is where we need YOUR HELP….WILDOCEANS, is fundraising to sustain the Ezemvelo Turtle Monitoring Programme. This programme employs members of the local Maputaland community to monitor and protect vulnerable Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles that visit the shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. You can support by donating via @differentorg This stunning images were taken by @rogerdelaharpe #WorldTurtleDay
BREAKING NEWS: Coelacanth sighted in @isimangaliso Wetland Park Marine Protected Area. Jabulani Ngubane, @ezemvelokznwild Parks Manager boarded a research vessel on expedition (the Angra Pequena) in Sodwana for the first time this week. “This was my first time on expedition,” said Ngubane. “I want to be able to make informed decisions within my management role at the park, and wanted to fully understand and witness what researchers are doing in our waters. When I climbed on board I said to the crew that I was bringing luck.” Jabulani certainly brought luck along. Only a few hours into his very first research expedition the ROV (remote operated vehicle) spotted a coelacanth in a cave 125m below the surface, a dinosaur fish thought to be extinct with only 33 known to inhabit the canyons along the South African coastline. The expedition aims to understand the deep canyons that incise the eats coast, and the ROV was provided by the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (@acep_za) and piloted by Ryan Palmer of the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity. “Seeing the coelacanth electrified everyone on board – the experience was extraordinary and special. I realise what a privilege it was for me to be there and see it. I also think an experience like this reminds everyone why they do the work they do. Dr Kerry Sink of the South African National Biodiversity Institute who maintains an identification catalogue for the coelacanths seen to date, was aboard and identified the fish as Eric, one of the 33 fish that has been catalogued and he was last seen in 2013,” said Dr Jean Harris of @wildoceanssa. “This will give us insight into their life span and them being resident in the caves.”