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Foundations for a healthy ocean economy

 
 
 
 

Meet the 20 new MPAs that will expand protection of South Africa’s oceans to 5%

 
 
 
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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela
 
 

ocean protection

What are Marine Protected Areas? Why do we need them? And what plans does South Africa have to protect its oceans?

BENEFITS

We benefit from healthy oceans in so many ways. From food to jobs, from climate resilience to tourism, we are dependent on healthy oceans.

ECOSYSTEMS

Learn more about ecosystems like the cool, nutrient-rich kelp forests of Namaqualand or the vibrant coral reefs of iSimangaliso.

ICONIC SPECIES

South Africa has an incredible diversity of marine creatures. Come meet some of the most charismatic species.

PReSSURES

As the world’s population increases and industry expands, our oceans are vulnerable to many pressures.

SCIENCE

South African marine scientists are making incredible discoveries in our seas. Meet the institutions and research teams behind this hard work.

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