Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation news from African Conservation Photography

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Wandering Albatross
Getting rid of a conservation problem, once and for ever, is something of a rarity. But eradicating invasive species from islands is one example. BirdLife South Africa is leading an initiative that could result in invasive mice being eradicated from Marion Island that is the jewel in the crown of South Africa’s islands.
Kelp Gull_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer.jpg
Loved by some and hated by others, is the kelp gull a seabird pest or an extremely adaptable opportunist? Despite ones personal feelings towards these birds, they are highly intelligent and where many coastal seabirds population numbers are declining, kelp gull numbers are on the increase as a result of their very adaptability.
Great White Pelican_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer.
With an estimated global population of around 250 000 birds, the Great White Pelican is listed as vulnerable in the 2013 South African Red Data Book: Birds. Historically, it was recorded breeding on Robben Island in the 1600s and on Dyer Island until the early 1900’s. Currently there are only two breeding populations of Great White Pelicans in South...
African Black Oystercatcher_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotograpger.jpg
Though never plentiful, African black oystercatchers suffered a worrying population decline during the 1970s and 1980s due to off-road driving on beaches and disturbance by dogs and walkers at their nest sites. At one point, only 4,500 birds were left. Thanks to conservation efforts, the population now stands at about 6,000 individuals.
Aerial view of 16-mile beach marine protected area_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer.jpg
The West Coast National Park that falls under the  South African National Parks is responsible for the management of the Sixteen-mile Beach, Langebaan Lagoon, Malgas Island, Jutten Island and Marcus Island marine protected areas. 
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