The Cape Fur Seal
Regular studies on the Cape Fur seal population on Geyser Rock have been supported; from tagging to assess the distances they travel for feeding, to collecting scat samples to study their diet.
There is the threat of a nuclear power station being set up just 20km’s from Dyer Island and the Trust is involved with a petition to prevent this. The letter of concerns based on the Environmental Impact Report can be viewed on the website. This has prompted the urgency for completion of studies in the area, to fully understand the impacts and advise accordingly.
Community involvement is broad and the Trust believes in education, especially of the youth. As such, the Trust supports the eco-schools co-ordinator for the Gansbaai area; and works closely with schools and organisations such as the Football Foundation doing educational lessons and beach clean-ups. Dyer Island Cruises initiated the Clean Marine project which supports recycling. Beach clean-ups are arranged with local schools as part of their curriculum and statistics recorded for the Ocean Conservancy which goes into an international database. The Trust also participates in festivals which provide a platform for education about the animals and marine pollution.
Projects that are actively funded by clients of the businesses are penguin conservation and shark research. All donors are listed on the web and receive a certificate of support. This is also available through the Trust website and can be purchased as a gift. Just an idea of costs for research: shark tags are in the region of R6 000 each and penguin loggers are R25 000. One can also support the fishing line bin project and help towards education of marine pollution by buying these dedicated bins at R350 each.