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”
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”
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”
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”
Several hundred people turned out for Durban’s first Welcoming the Whales Festival at the Bluff over the weekend. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report Continue reading “Welcoming the whales”
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.
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”
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”
The collection and recycling of plastic waste from school yards will help save marine life, says the South African Association of Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR). Continue reading “Ocean conservationists endorse Green Desks”
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”