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Professor Alan Whitfield Presentation

On Thursday February 8th, Sustainable Seas Trust was delighted to welcome Professor Alan Whitfield to the Kenton Town Hall for a presentation titled: “Can Conservation of Eastern Cape Estuaries Counteract Collapsed Coastal Fisheries”.

The night began with an introduction to Ndlambe’s estuaries from Fanie Fouche, the Deputy Director of Community Protection Services for the municipality. He highlighted the work being done in the municipality’s nine estuaries and responded to concerns from attendees.

As a chief scientist from the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) and one of South Africa’s leading estuarine ecologists, Alan Whitfield delivered a thought-provoking and timely presentation. He began by discussing the importance of estuaries in the life cycles of many fish species. He then highlighted threats arising from both climate change and human impact, followed by a discussion on the relevant legislation and fish conservation. The presentation concluded with two possible scenarios moving forward for South African estuarine fisheries, which provoked many interesting questions and discussions from the engaged audience. Professor Whitfield provided interesting insight into the history and future of our estuaries and how we, as concerned citizens, can contribute to their conservation.

Thanks to all those who attended, we hope you enjoyed being able to learn about our local estuaries and fisheries! Keep an eye out for future events in SST’s ‘Understanding your Estuary’ program.

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