The Sustainable Seas Trust along with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) are currently on the SAMSA SEA Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Tour. For four weeks the team will be touring South Africa’s coastline and spreading the word of coastal conservation to everyone from young school children to the various mayors and dignitaries along the way.
“What does the shark eat?” asked Ulrica Williams to the gathered pre-schoolers. “Seals!” came the unanimous response. “And how does a shark swim?” asked Williams, to which the children gleefully sprung out of their colourful plastic chairs, pointed a hand upwards on their head and swished their little bodies around their play area in a thoroughly shark like manner. The learners at Siyakula crèche in Qolweni township in Plettenberg Bay have been receiving an education unlike any other, all thanks to the Orca Foundation local charity.
“We need long term collaboration between our rural coastal communities, therefore making them the solution and not the problem,” said Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) director, Dr Tony Ribbink at a South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and...
The SAMSA SEA Pledge Tour reveals some exciting news at its Port St Francis leg of the tour
A ground breaking announcement was made at the Port St Francis Sustainable Seas Centre last Saturday, as delegates from the South African Maritime Safety...
“On the boat ride out, everyone is always a little nervous about diving with the great white sharks,” said internationally published underwater photographer, Fiona Ayerst, “But anyone that has the chance to swim with them always returns completely converted to ocean conservation.”
“When the sperm whales surfaced from hunting, great big chunks of left over giant squid floated up with them, in the same way that we drop bread crumbs off the table,” said South African ocean conservation champion, Hanli Prinsloo, “With whales, you’re welcome to share their space, but only on their terms.”
“Looking down onto the back of a whale shark is like looking into a beautiful night sky,” said South African conservationist champion, Hanli Prinsloo, “They’re the biggest fish in the sea but the only way they could hurt you is if you swam straight into one, even then it would probably shoot you an apologetic look.”
“I wish with all my heart to make a difference, big or small, as long as I can help to save my sea,” was the SEA Pledge submitted by grade 11 Simon’s Town High School learner, Calvin van der Merwe, to the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) last Tuesday.
“South Africa is actually twice the size we think it is. There is another blue South Africa out there and we need to explore it before we take from it without knowing,” said Dr Sylvia Earle, internationally renowned oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Time Magazine’s “First Hero for the Planet”, and most importantly, patron for South African based charity, the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST).
The SST, in partnership with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), launched the SAMSA SEA Pledge Saldanha to Sodwana Tour at the V&A Waterfront on 15 April, with Dr Earle as the distinguished guest speaker for the evening.
The tour will take place over four weeks, with stop overs in as many major coastal towns as possible. The SST and SAMSA team will engage the public in beach activities, visit schools, hold gala events with guest speakers and much more. Members of the public are all invited to make their own SEA Pledge, a promise you make to yourself and the planet, detailing how you will contribute to healthier oceans.
The Two Oceans Aquarium was honoured to welcome Dr Sylvia Earle to the Aquarium on 15 April 2013.The legendary oceanographer, diver, author, lecturer and patron of the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) was in town to launch SST’s Sea Pledge Tour.