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Posts with tag Marine Protected Area

Cape Times – January 2014 – De Hoop Marine Protected Area

A little article of mine about De Hoop's Marine Protected Area off the southern coast of Africa. One of the most impressive and well-studied ocean environments, this MPA is the site of the longest running fish tagging study in the world. Led by Colin Attwood from University of Cape Town, the study has set the standard for other MPAs around the world, proving to the skeptical fishermen that if we look after our shoreline environments, they will look after us!

Days 71-73 – YITW 2013-14 – Walking De Hoop’s beaches and dunes

At first sight, De Hoop Nature Reserve is not as wild as Kgalagadi or Kruger, but it is unique. It's oozing scenic Cape beauty and boasts several unrivalled physical features, including the De Hoop Vlei, which was South Africa's first RAMSAR birding site, and perhaps one of the most important birding areas on the continent.

Then there's the Marine Protected Area. If you could scuba dive here (you need a permit though), it would certainly strike you as one of the wildest places on Earth! Most
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Days 69-70 – YITW 2013-14 – De Hoop’s fish study helping to save SA’s marine life

Most visitors to De Hoop are bowled over by the superb scenery.

Located just to the east of the southern-most tip of Africa, this CapeNature protected area comprises both terrestrial and marine habitats. It's extremely photogenic, with blinding-white sanddunes, turquoise-emerald water, secluded coves, wild beaches, and flowering fynbos. Then there's the De Hoop Vlei, one of the
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News24 – September 2013 – Goukamma Nature Reserve

Another article of mine on Goukamma Nature Reserve, which recently escaped serious ecological disaster from an oil spill, thanks to quick-thinking and hard-working conservation staff. We can be very proud in this country of the rangers and managers who look after South Africa's most important biodiverse areas, and they deserve all the recognition and reward they receive, if not more. Read my article and see my photos online Read more »

Days 53-54 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Goukamma bouncing back

The small Goukamma Nature Reserve and its marine protected area – a total of about 65 square kilomeres - is one of the least-known conservation areas in the country, located between Knysna and George in the southern Cape.

But it became the centre of attention on the 9th August this year, when the 182-metre Kiani Satu cargo vessel ran aground just offshore of Goukamma’s pristine
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Days 32-33 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Organized chaos at Bird Island

I'm now in Addo Elephant National Park, and although I've already spotted lots of elephants, I've been lucky to spend the day with the park's marine rangers. Addo is most famous for its conservation of elephants, but the park is also responsible for the conservation of several offshore islands with a huge amount of wildlife, including the most easterly breeding colony of Cape fur seals.

But these islands are absolutely critical for two threatened bird species: the endangered African penguin
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