Learners learn about the importance of protecting marine resources

The group of participants in the marine education program presented by Shark Spotters at the MPA along the beach at Strand.

Sixty learners from Marvin Park Primary in Macassar recently took part in an exciting marine education program in the Helderberg Marine Protected Area (MPA), hosted by pioneering shark safety and research organization Shark Spotters during the National Marine Month (NMM) in October.

The aim of the day was to provide an unforgettable environmental experience for learners by engaging them in hands-on activities related to marine and coastal conservation by experiencing a coastal ecosystem and learning about the crucial role the oceans play, the impact of human actions on oceans and how harmful effects on the marine environment are attributed to human recreation and the economy.

“The NMM is an opportunity to create environmental awareness and change to address the state of the oceans and coastal environment, so that we can promote sustainable conservation practices that will benefit our present and future generations. “Shark Spotters said in a statement.

The Department of Environmental Management (EMD), Urban Waste Management (UWM), Department of Recreation and Parks, Department of Coastal Management and Cape Town City Shark Spotters have joined forces to create awareness and environmental actions during this month, which led to the organization of such an interactive event. educational program for students. He also highlighted the importance of fostering partnerships with a common goal of giving back to the oceans by protecting marine and coastal spaces.

On this day, learners were encouraged to interact with their associated coastal environment, a fun and interactive lesson on the importance of having marine protected areas in South Africa, their benefits and the iconic species that will be found in an MPA area.

Focusing on the significant importance of the Helderberg MPA, a largely biodiverse area managed by the City of Cape Town, the aim of the lesson was to encourage learners to understand why certain areas should be protected and why AMPs are beneficial to humans and the environment.

The activities continued with an interactive lesson on a marine food web activity, which helped learners understand the complex food webs and interactions that take place within an ecosystem. Learners were also introduced to fun teamwork activities on the beach, focusing on saving water as a resource and understanding the importance of our natural resource (water) to humans and marine animals.

Cape Town Recreation and Parks Lifeguards presented an educational session on beach safety and drowning prevention. The learning program emphasized active participation throughout the day and was specifically designed to help learners and teachers create meaningful relationships with their coastal environment, with particular emphasis on marine areas. protected.

“Some of the major environmental problems faced particularly in communities can be attributed to a lack of environmental awareness and a lack of access to information and education,” said Taryn Van Neel, Head of education at Shark Spotters,” resulting in a domino effect on our marine environment, which is one of our greatest shared assets on our planet. Our marine wildlife faces multiple threats, and it is our responsibility It is for this common reason that we have come together in partnership to form a movement of local public servants and citizens to help protect and conserve our marine and coastal ecosystems.

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