Giant Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctic Glacier

A massive iceberg, larger than the city of Chicago, broke off of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier on Monday (July 8), and is now floating freely in the Amundsen Sea, according to a team of German scientists.

Ocean News

The long battle over Japan’s killing of hundreds of whales during its annual hunting season moved to the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Wednesday, when hearings began into an Australian suit charging Japan with unlawful practices and with using so-called research as a front for commercial whaling.

Happenings in Hamburg

Sustainable Seas Trust’s PetroSA team, Sirkka, Enathi, Desiree and Hafeni travelled to the beautiful, friendly coastal town of Hamburg to tackle phase two of our exciting outreach project. The group spent a number of days last week engaging with the community with a number of goals in mind. Genevieve of PetrSA also joined the team in order to assess the progress made thus far, which she was thoroughly pleased with.

Educational pamphlets, posters and films have been developed for the community, detailing practises essential to sustainable living. Topics like subsistence farming, vegetable facts and mussel collection have been carefully explained in a number of different mediums. Team leader, Sirkka, showed these drafts to the Hamburg community, and gathered valuable feedback to be used before the final resources are to be printed and distributed.

Filming the fathoms bellow

Kyle Robinson and Justin Archer of Trust Sustainability Films visited Hermanus this past weekend for the inaugural 40 Fathoms Film Festival, in light of World Oceans Day on the 8th of June. The festival brought filmmakers together from around the country and it proved highly beneficial for SST in terms of networking and gathering contacts. A vast array of ocean and conservation related films were shown, including two of our very own, ‘Counting on Crayfish and ‘Life on the Rocks’, both were very well received by the audience. Trust Sustainability films was also commended in the panel discussion on Saturday for educating at grassroots level, which is the type of interaction so desperately needed in South Africa.

Field trip to the Transkei

“What we do is provide empowerment,” said Bulungula Lodge co-owner, Dave Martin, “Which instils a great deal more pride than simple employment.”

From 22 to 29 May, four members of the Sustainable Seas Trust team spent a week with their minds and hearts open to the people and promise that lie on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast. With the goal of documenting the notable work done by various backpackers and established charities in the area, the team was exposed to a plethora of activity and development that surpassed all expectations.

Life after the SAMSA Sea Pledge Tour!

The official SAMSA Sea Pledge tour which drew to a close on 10 May 2013 was a great success for the Sustainable Seas Trust and all of those involved. It was a truly amazing and inspiring experience for our team and the awareness which was created for the need to sustainably manage our ocean resources was a message that was continuously sent throughout the tour.

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"We must protect the ocean as if our lives depend upon it -- because they do."

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