South African Hanli Prinsloo travels the world to capture images of life in the sea. She gives public talks about falling in love with the ocean, a necessary step to protect it. She also heads I Am Water, an organisation that teaches children about ocean conservation.
National Marine Month is under way in South Africa, and it is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on the country's unique, geographic position. The ocean economy has the potential to alleviate poverty and create jobs. But how much do you really know about our seas?
On the long drive back from East London after the Iron Man triathlon, two Captonians decided to do "something absolutely epic" – and settled on a 500km swim from Mozambique to the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar. In doing so, they are raising funds for Miles for Smiles.
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