On 1 August South Africa celebrates Marine Protected Area Day - the first country in the world to do so.
Well, this helps us collectively appreciate the value of MPAs and how they benefit both us and the incredible marine biodiversity they designed to protect.
It’s a day to share stories and information about why and how we need to conserve our oceans and keep building support for MPAs. We hope that MPA Day will help more South Africans recognise the importance of these crucial ocean reserves.
Join us for an hour-long conversation all about our local Marine Protected Areas on MPA Day - follow us on Twitter/X for details.
Join us for a virtual tour of several iconic South African MPAs, with live crossings to meet people, animals and activities working for (and living in) these special environments.
“What do recreational anglers, managers and scientists think about the effectiveness of our marine protected areas (MPAs)”
Tune into our exciting MPA Day Webinar at 19h00 on MPA Day to listen to an interesting discussion between recreational anglers, managers and scientists about some of the pros and cons of South Africa’s MPAs. There will be time for the panel to answer your questions at the end of the webinar.
Kelp Night takes place on the evening of 1 August 2023 at the Two Oceans Aquarium, with three incredible speakers sharing their unique perspectives on the science, beauty, and value of the kelp forests of our local Marine Protected Areas. Guests are in for a kelptastic treat - we'll be joined by The Kelp Shack and Blackwood Spirits, who will share some unique kelp-based canapes and cocktails during the interval! Meet our speakers and guests below.
Tune in for another exciting live talk from LCA by Dr Judy Mann: "Why do South Africa's Marine Protected Areas matter?"
On Saturday, 5 August 2023, the Two Oceans Aquarium is hosting an exciting Treasure Hunt from 10h30 to 12h00 at Dalebrook Tidal Pool, part of the Table Mountain National Park MPA. We won’t be searching for gold but for colourful anemones, split-fan kelp, spiky urchins, tiny sea stars, the odd octopus, and much more!