Marine Evening hosted at The Great White House on Tuesday 25 March 2014 was a huge success.
The future plans for the new African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) were revealed, another great conservation effort initiated by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.
Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) is first on scene when it comes to rescuing seabirds in the Gansbaai and surrounding area; every so often DICT office in Kleinbaai receives a call from the local community about an injured seabird that needs to be rescued.
In a spectacular undertaking DICT has taken action to protect and conserve the beautiful African Penguin and seabirds of the Western Cape coastline through the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary.
The African Penguin population has suffered a drastic decline in population of over 90% in the last 100 years.
Reasons for their decline include:
• Historic guano removal from their island colonies has changed their habitat and breeding behaviour forcing the penguins to breed on open ground making them vulnerable to environmental elements, such as heat exhaustion and extreme cold, as well as predation from scavengers
• Loss of food resources from overfishing
• Climate change causing the fish resources to migrate to areas outside of the distributional range of the African penguin
• Manmade catastrophe’s such as disastrous oil spills
In the past DICT would travel to Cape Town to obtain adequate medical care for injured birds found along the Gansbaai coastline; the APSS program will provide medical care and a safe haven for hurt and endangered seabirds closer to home and also raise awareness about the plight of the endangered African Penguin.
The sanctuary will be built close to the Marine Volunteer Lodge; the 3D design below gives everyone an idea of what is to come.
For more information please visit www.dict.org.za