The Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) in partnership with SAMSA
The Sustainable Seas Trust in Partnership with SAMSA has been able to achieve a great deal of success relating to sustainability, awareness and ocean conservation in the last number of years. With SAMSA by our side we have been able to produce a large variety of educational and documentary films as well as establish our influence within local communities, spread awareness through country wide tours and promote our organisation by establishing ocean conservation points in locations like Port St Francis.
SST Initiatives with SAMSA
The SAMSA Sea Pledge Tour 2011
The Picture to the left shows the various mayors from towns across the country. These towns have joined SST in our campaign to promote sustainability and create awareness.
The SAMSA Sea Pledge Tour 2013
The SAMSA SEA Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Tour of April/May 2013 was a great success in its own right and also laid a solid foundation for the subsequent tours and activities. The touring team and on many occasions its SAMSA partners were active in Saldanha Bay, Langebaan, Simonstown, Cape Town, Hermanus, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley, Port St Francis, Port Elizabeth, Kenton-on-Sea, East London, Port Shepstone, Scottsburgh, Amanzimtoti, Durban, Ballito Bay, Richards Bay and Sodwana Bay (20 venues). The tour was launched by Dr Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and TED award winner, who is the SST Patron. An additional nine South African marine scientists, photographers, ocean adventurers, divers and all conservationists gave the other lectures.
Port St Francis Seas Centre
The South African Marine Safety Authority (SAMSA) has serviced the needs of Port St Francis from Port Elizabeth for many years, but on Monday 3rd June Captain Campbell and Captain Kroon launched a partnership with the Sustainable Seas Centre which will give SAMSA a more permanent presence. This association extends the relationship that SAMSA has with the Sustainable Seas Trust; the two organizations have just completed the highly successful SAMSA SEA Pledge tour where a team of enthusiasts visited coastal towns from Saldanha Bay on the West Coast to Sodwana Bay on the East Coast to promote understanding of the marine environment and to encourage conservation, safety at sea and care for the environment.
In many respects the combination of SAMSA and SST is complimentary and offers a full, well rounded package. SAMSA leads and champions South Africa’s maritime interests and has attained world class standards of safety for those who use boats and ships in South African waters. It also is involved in promoting environmental care and standards of users of the sea and supports education and career programmes. SST is involved in promoting public awareness of marine issues and calls for action of all individuals through its SEA Pledge Programme. Like SAMSA, SST also supports education programmes, but its programmes are more closely related to environmental a sea food issues, including rehabilitation initiatives.
The launch of a SAMSA presence in Port St Francis means that boat owners, the harbour authorities, the fishing concerns and others will now be better able to benefit from SAMSA than in the past. This is an important step for Port St Francis, which it is the only privately owned port in South Africa, and which has a valuable and active fishing fleet and hosts many visitors with boats. All will benefit from SAMSA guidance and safety procedures.
The SAMSA Sea Pledge Initiative
What is a Sea Pledge ?
Sustainable Seas Trust has a vision of sustainable seas that are healthy, beautiful, vibrant and productive.
To achieve the vision it is necessary for SST to encourage people to commit to treating the seas, estuaries, coasts and oceans in an environmentally friendly manner. The choices you make today will affect you, your family, your colleagues, and your world tomorrow.
SEA Pledge is a promise you make to reduce negative impacts on the environment and to increase the positive handprints, especially by helping others.
The history behind Sea Pledge :
Sustainable Seas Trust and student forum representatives of the South East African Climate Consortium traveled to coastal towns of South Africa in late 2011 to encourage everyone to join the SEA Pledge crusade. On 3 December 2011, the crusade was officially launched in a fun and spectacular day-long event. Read about the official launch here!
Sea Pledge Goals :
- The first is to promote public awareness of the need to take better care of coasts and oceans as everyone, everywhere depends upon the oceans.
- The second goal is to influence global decisions. The 3rd December 2011 was Oceans Day at the UNFCCC COP 17 meeting in Durban, South Africa. In a positive and wholesome manner, SEA Pledge delivered an important message to delegates at COP 17. We asked for a greater, wiser international investment in coasts and oceans and to encourage the United Nations Assembly to declare an International Year of Coasts and Oceans.
- The third is to challenge each person, organization and institution to develop an ethic of sustainability and pledge to take active, measurable steps to improve their interactions with the environment at home, while travelling, diving, sailing, surfing, on ships, angling and indeed in every walk of life. This is done through the SEA Pledge Challenge.
- The fourth is to help others, particularly impoverished coastal people who eke out unsustainable, subsistence livelihoods from rapidly diminishing resources. Such support will be through development of Sustainable Education and Skills Centres (SEAS Centres) for employment. These are being designed as totally green, carbon neutral, welcoming facilities to enable disadvantaged people to build expertise to find employment, reduce pressure on critically depleted marine resources and adapt to climate change.
SEA Pledge will draw attention of global leaders to the role of oceans in climate change and the need for action. At the grass roots level, all funds accumulated by SEA Pledge will be used for SEAS Centres in impoverished coastal areas to provide education and skills training for employment in order to reduce poverty, promote environmental conservation and prepare people to adapt to climate change. Everyone should make a SEA Pledge and contribute to the crusade.
- Raise awareness of the role of oceans and coasts in supporting all life on the planet.People live on land, but too few truly realize the impact that they are having on the seas in terms of what they put into the seas and what they take out of the seas. Sadly, even global leaders are making uninformed decisions which affect millions of people. Most people underestimate the role of the seas in climate and weather, in human health and in provision of food, recreation, medicines and so forth. The need for greater awareness is acute.
- Be an undertaking to commit to improving the manner in which pledgees treat the coasts and oceans.Each pledge is a commitment to improving the environment in which we live. In terms of the competitive nature of the pledges, the individuals and organizations which are most successful will receive an award at the end of each year in December. Annually, therefore, standards will be improved in the manner in which divers, yachts, anglers, surfers, fishing groups, shipping companies, restaurants and others treat the environment. The positive implications of annually improving standards and awareness point to a more sustainable environment and way of life for increasing numbers of people.
- Be an undertaking by those making pledges to contribute to impoverished coastal communities through SEAS Centres for employment.
Funds that are collected by SEA Pledge will be used to develop SEAS Centres. We need your donations! Please click here to make a donation or to learn more.
If you have any questions about SEA Pledge or Sustainable Seas Trust and its partners, please read the Q&A section or contact us for more information