Our latest initiative: CLEAN OCEAN DIVERS
During a test dive, we collected over 600 items of fishing gear!
Shockingly, there's so much more entangled or buried across the dive sites, and we need to do a lot more dives to clean up, and continue maintaining the reefs.
Get in touch if you're interested in taking part in the Clean Ocean Diver workshop and clean up dive.
CLEAN OCEAN COMPANIES
We know that our beautiful and mysterious oceans, which are the planet’s life support system, are in crisis because of human activities, and that a change in behavior is needed to ensure abundant and healthy oceans for the future of all life.
Mossel Bay is situated on a breathtaking peninsula and surrounded by the abundant marine life. Protecting our natural assets is crucial for our local economy and securing generations of future visitors.
We are giving a voice to our visitors to insist on plastic free oceans. Refusing single use plastics is a small step in changing our lifestyle completely.
Businesses can become a clean ocean company by:
Not offering single use plastics e.g. straws, bags, cutlery
Not using polystyrene for doggy bags and take aways
Incentivising customers who bring their own reusable mugs, tubs etc.
Project in partnership with Mossel Bay Tourism: www.visitmosselbay.co.za/cleanoceancompanies
FinHuggers are the wonderful people who have shown their support for the Keep Fin Alive campaign by posing for a photo with our mascot Fin, or one of his many cousins, along with the main campaign poster (available in downloads).
If you would like to be a FinHugger, be sure to download the campaign poster, and share your images with us on facebook, twitter or instagram using the hashtag #ILoveFin and #KeepFinAlive. Don't forget to tag us in your photos.
You can even buy your own Fin via our fundraising page.
You can see our ever expanding gallery on our facebook page by clicking here.
Plastic pollution is an ongoing and increasing problem for our oceans. Fishing gear, such as ghost nets, and packaging account for the bulk of plastic waste in the ocean and cause the demise of millions of marine animals and seabirds each year.
Keep Fin Alive will be tackling the problems of plastic pollution through our educational programmes this year.
Plastic is regularly found in the stomach of fish and other marine species
Up to 40% of plastic dumped inland ends up in the ocean via waterways
Around 8 millions tonnes of plastic is dumped in the ocean every year
Easy ways to reduce plastic pollution:
Carry reusable shopping bags in your handbag and keep a few in your car
Carry your own tubs for takeaway food rather than accepting polystyrene tubs
Use a glass or metal water bottle
Invest in a reusable coffee or travel mug
Refuse plastic straws, utensils and excessive packaging
When buying loose fruit or veg, ask them to put the price sticker directly on the item rather than bagging them
Recycle plastics (plus glass, metal and paper)
Spend a couple of minutes picking up the trash when you visit the beach
Organise regular beach cleans with your community
SUPPORT OUR SHARKS - SHARK BASE
We encourage our followers to become citizen shark scientists by submitting your shark encounters to the Support Our Sharks global SharkBase.
Through SharkBase, Support Our Sharks are building a global network of shark observers collecting vital information about the abundance and distribution of sharks and rays worldwide. Click here to find useful information from Support Our Sharks to help get you started with SharkBase and become a Citizen Shark Scientist.
Check out the SharkBase website: