National Marine Month is celebrated from 1 to 31 October in South Africa; it's a time when protecting the country's marine resources comes to the fore. One of the reasons to take action is because the oceans feed us. Learn more about our seas by viewing our gallery.
Three oceans affect South Africa – the Atlantic, Indian and Southern – with cool and warm waters juxtaposed, giving rise to unique marine and land ecosystems. Studying these oceans with a view to forecasting their state is the work of the Nansen-Tutu Centre for Marine Environmental Research.
• Protecting South Africa's coastline pays off
Choose your fish wisely to prevent the collapse of the fish populations in our oceans. To help, the SASSI Seafood Circle recognises restaurants and chefs who are conscious of best practice.
Instead of donating money to children’s shelters, a Johannesburg businessman has set up an initiative to help teens from shelters learn to live sustainable, productive lives as adults through creating mentorships.
Thanks to South African consumers, the demand for over-exploited fish stocks is declining. Increasing consumer pressure on seafood retailers to stock sustainably harvested fish and support eco-friendly fishing methods have caused stocks of species such as kingklip to show signs of recovery.
• SA protects its oceans