On 27 and 28 January, SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) hosted a seabird training workshop at its Cape St. Francis centre for 7 rangers from SANParks’ Marine Section of the Addo Elephant National Parks. The SANParks rangers attending the workshop are responsible for managing St. Croix and Bird Island where close on 60% of wild African penguins occur. The workshop gave SANCCOB and the rangers an opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge and to streamline the standard operating procedures to ensure that seabirds have the best possible chance of survival.
Authorities are working together to prepare for clean-up operations after a chokka vessel ran aground near the Betty’s Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA) on 27 February 2014.
The 19 metre vessel from Hout Bay was carrying 10,000 litres of diesel and engine oil when it ran aground at approximately 4:00am.