Over the next 30 days, a team of seventeen young marine biologists – most of whom have never been out to sea before – will help leading marine scientists explore rich and diverse deep sea habitats along the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
The 2017 Ocean Stewards expedition on board the 72-foot wooden research vessel, the RV Angra Pequena, aims to identify areas for inclusion in an expanded network of Marine Protected Areas.
Seventeen new Ocean Stewards are about to embark on a 30-day deep sea research expedition on board the 72-foot expedition yacht, the Angra Pequena. For many of the students, the excitement of going out to sea for the first time is mingled with the fear of falling over board. To counter these fears, Sea Quests’ Nikki Chapman treated students to a survival swimming lesson this week. Zamo Phungulawas there to witness the action. Continue reading “Survival swimming lesson for Ocean Stewards”
Amid a government drive to unlock the economic potential of the oceans, an innovative offshore research programme involving annual deep sea expeditions, hopes to guide the associated protection of rich, biodiverse and fragile marine eco-systems. Continue reading “Deep sea research could stop exploitation”
Roving Reporter, Zamo Phungula, recently set out to profile five Umlazi WhaleTime guides who, until recently, had never boarded a boat. Her brief was to uncover secrets of Durban’s whaling past, and learn how this blubbery, blood-soaked industry of the past could be turned into a signature eco-tourism enterprise for KwaZulu-Natal.
Impressed by the transformation of a deluge of seedy, inner city buildings into a first-class educational hub, Durban’s deputy mayor, Fawzia Peer has instructed a host of senior city officials to ‘think out of the box’ in taking this urban regeneration process further. Continue reading “Innovative architecture inspires urban revival”