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Expedition 2021.

16 January : The dates or Expedition 2021 still have to be finalised, but we are currently planning our third expedition to head west of Witsand..

 

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Read about our Ghost fishing awareness program and other environmental educational and research on our Blog

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Combating Ocean Degradation.

 

In the current pandemic of COVID-19, a topic that remanins topical, is the impact of human activities on the environment, On a daily basis content from scientific research percolates into public discussion, raising a global focus on awarness of the degradation of marine environments. Plastic pollution has galvanized public focus, initiating mass action to reduce consumption of single use plastics and implement reusable alternatives.
Hidden in the discussion is the fact that over 40% of plastic pollution in the oceans is composed of lost fishing gear. Sadly lost and abandoned fishing tackle and gear continues to ‘fish’ after it is lost and is able to catch marine animals in a process known as Ghost Fishing.

 

Ghost Fishing Research.

 

Though attention and research is focused on commercial fishing activities, little research has been conducted on the contribution that snagged recreational shoreline fishing tackle makes to ghost fishing.

To address the impact of recreational fishing on biodiversity the Strandloper Project is studying ghost fishing and reef damage caused by shore based activities.

 

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Marine Strandings.

 

A wide range of species regularly wash up on beaches in the Garden Route, especially after storms and extended periods of strong southerly winds. To conduct a safe rescue and to ensure the best handling of the stranded marine species, it is important to contact organizations that are trained to do so. There is a comprehensive list of the organizations in the Garden Route which you can view on our Marine Stranding page

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Gathering Information

Research Objectives.

Initially the objective of the Strandloper Project was to clean up snagged recreational fishing tackle from the reef at Gericke's Point.

From our initial clean up we soon realized the extent of the problem and the complex threat to marine biodiversity that the snagged tackle posed required more research directions.

Ghost Fishing.

The array of rigs that included steel tracers, floating hooks and the incredible lengths of lost fishing line, we set out to research ghost fishing, reef damage and entanglements caused by it.

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Cleaning up the Reef

Research Sites.

Based in the Garden Route, South Africa, our clean up dive program is arranged on a volunteer basis with dives scheduled when sea and weather conditions are ideal.

All diving is free diving in depths of 2m to 8m. To date we have dived on three site which have become regular transects.

Transect Sites.

We currently dive at Gericke's Point, Paquita Wreck and in Kingfisher Creek with plans to extend to Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay.

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Coastal Expedition

Coastal Monitoring.

The Strandloper Project conduct and annual research expedition along the coastline.

Expedition 2019 was In May 2019, when six members hiked 210km over 11 days between Blombos Nature Reserve and Wilderness in the Garden Route.

It was a remarkable expedition through the origins of human cognitive thought as they hiked ancient routes hiked by Strandlopers up to 164,000 years ago.

Expedition 2020 will take place in October and will be between Nature's Valley and Wilderness.

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