One of SAAMBR’s first Conservation Action Campaigns was Penguin Promises. Penguin Promises encourages visitors to uShaka Sea World to take action to help the environment, after their visit. Visitors are then asked to hand write their “Promise to the Penguin” on a postcard and post it in a specially designed post box on site. Their promise is their commitment to the environment.
The Penguin Promises page is still under construction, please check back soon.
ORI has worked with the fishermen of KZN for over 50 years. This relationship has helped to ensure that some iconic species, such as the shad and the seventy-four are still around today. With nearly 6 000 members the ORI Cooperative Fish Tagging project is the biggest marine citizen science project in Africa.
Our new communication programme for fisherman is a continuation of this relationship. We have launched this program to help fishermen to understand a little more about fish biology, the rationale behind the fishing regulations, Marine Protected Area regulations and how to catch and release fish correctly. We also want to hear from fishermen – your questions, concerns and solutions to the challenges that we face in ensuring that our kids can also catch fish in the future.
If you want to know more about the zonation of KZN’s 4 new Marine Protected areas,
The seafood that we like to eat is in trouble. Worldwide unsustainable fishing has driven some fish populations to very low levels. The situation is no different in South Africa, where stocks of many well-known fish species have been severely depleted. The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) informs the public about how their choice of fish for consumption can help determine the future health and productivity of our oceans. SAAMBR has actively supported the SASSI campaign since it was formally started by WWF-SA in 2004.
For more information on SASSI and to download some useful tips to help you make on-the-spot sustainable seafood choices go to http://wwfsassi.co.za/tools/
uShaka Sea World Education facilitate sustainable seafood courses for restaurants and fishmongers.
Environmental sustainability is critical at SAAMBR. After all, we need to practice what we preach. Started in 2007, the SAAMBR Green Team was initiated to integrate conservation into the daily operations of the organisation. Made up of representatives of all departments, the Green Team has initiated the installation of recycling stations both in the park and behind the scenes, the placement of conservation messages in strategic positions (like the toilet doors), the installation of vegetable gardens and worm farms, encouraging car-pooling and supporting ‘plastic free’ initiatives. Born out of the Green Team, the joint SAAMBR / DMTP Sustainability Committee looks at site-wide initiatives. Examples of recent activities undertaken by the Sustainability Committee include a rain water harvesting system, and numerous energy saving projects.
Marine animals may become entangled in floating plastic such as ropes and plastic bags. Fishing line also causes painful entanglement. Many sea creatures swallow plastics by accident or because they mistake it for food. Plastics in the ocean take several hundred years to break down into small pieces known as micro-plastics, which can be eaten by marine animals.
Our plastics campaign aims to help people to make the right choices about plastic use.