“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.
“No ocean means no life, no blue means no green,” said ocean conservation champion, Dr Sylvia Earle at a public talk at the Lawhill Maritime Centre in Simonstown held on Sunday evening, 14 April.
11 times South African freediving record holder, Hanli Prinsloo of the I Am Water Trust in collaboration with Salon 91 Contemporary Art Collection, organized a well-supported beach clean-up along the rocky shore from Kalk Bay to Muizenberg on Sunday 14 April.
World renowned oceanographer , diver and record holder Sylvia Earle will be joining us for the first leg of our SST tour which Kicks off in Simonstown on 14 April 2013. Be a part of the change you want to see in the world!
If you imagine that this pen is the size of the resource as it was originally before fishing took place, we are now down to that little tip there, which represents only 3% of what was originally there. And I don't have to tell you that little 3% could be snuffed out all too easily."
Hanli Prinsloo,11 times South African Freediving Record Holder, filmmaker and avid Ocean Adventurer makes her pledge to accompany us at various stops along our Saldanha to Sodwana tour.
Sylvia Earle , world renowned oceanographer and author will accompany the SST team on our Sea Pledge Tour 2013 which kicks off on 14 April 2013!