helping the environment
21 Days of the ocean
As the human population continues to surge, so does the impact we have on our environment. Now more than ever it is our responsibility to be responsible. Enter the 21 Days of the Ocean.
This blue initiative is our annual awareness campaign which serves to educate the communities of the Cape Whale Coast on how they can be more responsible, despite their age or economic status. For 21 consecutive days, White Shark Projects shows how some of our daily, and seemingly innocent activities, negatively impact on the ocean. Our campaign reaches the community through educational talks at schools, radio interviews, social media drives, beach clean-ups, competitions, fundraisers and basically any creative idea we conjure up. But this is definitely not a blame and shame campaign, we also educate on how they can easily and effectively change their ways, which ultimately will save them money and our seas too.
The 21 Days for the Ocean also has an ulterior motive: To make the inhabitants of the Cape Whale Coast fall in love with the ocean again. Living in this beautiful area, people have become accustomed to having the blue of the Atlantic as the backdrop to their urbanite activities and they tend to take it for granted. Economically, this area relies upon the ocean. Being an area where the Southern Right Whales and the Great White Sharks congregate, it is pivotal that we respect, love and preserve our Ocean. And it is like Jacques Cousteau said: “People protect what they love…”
South African Shark Conservancy
The (SASC) is based in the picturesque and historic Old Harbour of Hermanus. They are and NGO dedicated to research, conservation and education in the Walker Bay area. White Shark Projects is a very proud funding partner of SASC. Together we have an amazing symbiotic relationship, assisting each other with various projects and outreach initiatives. White Shark Projects volunteers visit SASC on a regular basis where they receive invaluable information and hands-on experience with numerous, lesser known, but by no means less awesome, shark species.
CONSERVATION & Research Initiatives
The Marine Living Resources Act (Act 18 of 1998)
This act controls the exploitation of marine plants and animals in South African waters. There are a small number of regulations that pertain to sharks, most but not all of which are summarised below. The great white shark went under protection in 1991 with South Africa being the first country in the world to do implement the following act: “If a great white shark is caught or killed unintentionally, then the white shark must be kept in a whole state and handed over to a fisheries officer. No white shark, part or product thereof may be sold”. In 2005, the whale shark and the basking shark were added to the prohibited species list.
At White Shark Projects we believe in conservation through creating an awareness of sharks. We encourage our clients to spread the message, and make a difference.
Ways you can help:
Dive and snorkel with sharks. The more money goes into shark tourism the more people realize the value of living sharks.
Refuse to eat shark fin soup and don’t eat at restaurants that serve it; encourage others to do the same. Seventeen countries have already banned shark finning. Find out if your country is one of them. If not, write to your local government official asking to ban shark finning.
Demand that your country stop the importation of shark fins.
Ways in which some of our clients have helped:
Morgan Flowerday is a normal 12 year old girl from Hout Bay in South Africa. She likes stuff most teenagers do, swimming, music, dragons, Greek Gods, collects crystals, loves hanging out with her friends etc. But then she also has an immense empathy for wildlife and conservation, and the great white shark is particularly close to her heart.