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Research Dives.

Our survey results between January 2018 and October 2019 showed that snagged fishing tackle from recreational fishing does pose a Ghost Fishing threat to inshore reef fish.

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Strandloper Project Play list.

If you have just learnt about the Strandloper Project and want to find out more, watch this play list of videos of our research since January 2018.

 

 
     
 

Research Expedition 2021
Finding a solution for recreational fishing pollution

 

Gericke's Point

 

Expedition 2021.

Having surveyed a combined 415km of the Southern Cape coastline in our 2019 and 2020 expeditions, this year we will be planning for a section of coastline further afield. Our 2021 expedition will start at the coastal destination of Arniston and head westwards around Cape Agulhas, the southern yip of Africa, and finish 11 days later at Grotto Beach in Hermanus, an approximate distance of 165km.

 

Expedition Dates

We will start hiking from Arniston on the 9th October 2021 and finish 11 days later on the 19th October in Hermanus.

 

Map SPE 21

 

Two Oceans

At Cape Agulhas, we technically reach the divide between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans where the warm Agulhas Current yields to the cold Benguela Current.

 

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Mapping Trash Distribution.

For locals that take regular beach hikes in the Southern Cape, it has become painfully apparent that certain types of plastic pollution washes up at specific locations on the shoreline.

By mapping the location of various categories of plastic found on the hike we will able to link it to possible sources from which they leak into the ocean.

Of particular interest will be the shoreline between Pearly Beach and Grotto Beach, especially after the recent flooding in the region and the subsequent opening of blind estuaries to determine what micro plastic has washed out.

One of the largest challenges will be related to the established abalone poaching in the region. We have already been warned to be vigilant and cautious with the use of our cameras and smart phones.

As our smart phones are vital for our data collection using our Cyber Tracker app, it will be interesting to say the least..

Breed River mouth

Baseline Survey.

Plastic pollution and fishing debris will be documented using our three survey methods on our Cyber Tracker App. The three surveys are :

  1. Dirty Dozen transect,
  2. Bottle Transect
  3. Incidental Sighting
  4. Nurdle density
  5. BRUV survey
  6. Reef survey

Incidental sighting cover both pollution, fishing activities and marine fauna seen. We will be adding a few more fields for our data collection, specifically the incidental sightings of plastic debris to indicate if the items are terrestrial or ocean derived.

Social Media.

We will again provide daily FaceBook video updates on our progress and finding each morning of the expedition.

To complement our FaceBook updates, we will post on Instagram and you can follow our posts by searching for the #Expedition2021 and #SPE2021

School Participation.

With the global social ramifications of the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, at this stage we are hesitant to include school group participation in our 2021 expedition. We will however re-evaluate the situation as we get closer to the departure date.

Live Tracking.

We have a Spot tracking unit for our 2020 expedition and our progress will be able to followed live. Track Here

 

 
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