Plastic-free surf contests for a “blue-er” ocean

Diony Lalieu

The 2017 Cobbles Classic surfing event and Cape Recife Music Festival in Port Elizabeth last weekend, heralded the start of a drive to create “plastic-free” surf contests in South Africa. Spearheading the campaign is Diony Lalieu, the winner of Roving Reporters 2017 Soul Surfer award at the SA Longboarding Championships hosted in Durban earlier this year. Continue reading “Plastic-free surf contests for a “blue-er” ocean”

Plastic waste can drive circular economies

Desperate people who rummage for goods in rubbish bins, municipal dumps and landfill sites represent an untapped workforce that could help prevent vast amounts of plastic ending up in the ocean. So says world renowned environmental engineer and expert on marine waste, Dr Jenna Jambeck. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report. Continue reading “Plastic waste can drive circular economies”

New tech helps with whale research projects

Technology – once used to hunt whales – is playing an ever-increasing role in marine conservation, also promoting less invasive forms of research into whale behaviour and associated tourism activities. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report  Continue reading “New tech helps with whale research projects”

Space age tech deployed in Agulhas Current

Seafarers in South African waters have been warned to avoid tampering with two strange alien-looking crafts – one of them floating on the surface; the other drifting at depths of up to 1000 metres. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report. Continue reading “Space age tech deployed in Agulhas Current”

World Oceans Day sparks innovation

Around the globe, people are uniting around a serious decline of the health of our oceans, many of them coming up with innovative solutions.

In celebration of World Oceans Day, Roving Reporters looks at what is happening at the United Nations through to public events taking place in Durban.

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Whale sculpture highlights plastic pollution threats

In promoting the World Whale Conference in Durban later this month, an art initiative, Creations for Cetaceans, is helping school children make whale sculptures from recycled ocean waste. Roving Reporters Ocean Watch ambassador, Diony Lalieu, reports. Continue reading “Whale sculpture highlights plastic pollution threats”

How to rid the world’s oceans of plastic

Roving Reporters Ocean Watch ambassador, Diony Lalieu, recently alerted us to this amazing concept – and a future to look forward to. IF all goes according to plan, this innovative ocean clean up system will hit the water 2018. Continue reading “How to rid the world’s oceans of plastic”

Ocean Watch ambassador goes waddling to save African Penguins

Within days of becoming an Ocean Watch ambassador, the winner of Roving Reporters 2017 Soul Surfer Award, Diony Lalieu is in action promoting penguin conservation. Continue reading “Ocean Watch ambassador goes waddling to save African Penguins”