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The Blue Fund boosts SANCCOB’s ‘chick season’ donations

On Friday, 03 February 2017, delegates of The Blue Fund – a partnership between Grindrod Bank and Wildlands – gathered at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay for their first experience in witnessing the release of endangered African penguins and seabirds. A total of 12 African penguins and eight Cape Cormorants were returned to their natural habitat.

First African Penguin chicks released

On Thursday 8 December 2016, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) released 23 endangered African penguins at the Stony Point penguin colony in Betty’s Bay, together with Georgia Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium and CapeNature. The majority of the penguins were rescued as abandoned African penguin chicks and spent six to eight weeks undergoing intensive rehabilitation at SANCCOB’s centre in Table View, Cape Town, prior to release.

Abandoned penguin chicks admitted to SANCCOB

In partnership with The Blue Fund, SANCCOB’s Adopt a Chick campaign encourages the public to help rescue and rehabilitate these abandoned chicks by adopting and naming a penguin chick from SANCCOB. Adoption costs are R600 (for an email pack) or R700 (for a posted pack) and each pack includes a certificate of adoption, a photograph of their chick and a thank you letter on behalf of their adopted chick. The campaign runs from November to December and during this time, the Blue Fund will match any contributions made by the public to the campaign, effectively doubling the funds received and will therefore double SANCCOB’s vital conservation efforts.

First abandoned penguin chicks admitted to SANCCOB

In partnership with SANCCOB’s Adopt a Chick campaign, The Blue Fund, encourages the public to help rescue and rehabilitate these abandoned chicks by adopting and naming a penguin chick from SANCCOB. Adoption costs are R600 (for an email pack) or R700 (for a posted pack) and each pack includes a certificate of adoption, a photograph of their chick and a thank you letter on behalf of their adopted chick.

Whale Time

Almost hunted to extinction forty years ago, whales are now at the heart of a ‘citizen science’ project launched by Wildlands last week.

The Blue Fund celebrates World African Penguin Day and pledges support to SANCCOB’s African Penguin Chick Bolstering Project

The African Penguin population is in a critical decline, with approximately 2.5% of the numbers recorded in the 1930’s remaining today.

The muddy waters of the uThukela shelf edge are worth protecting

"The uThukela muddy shelf edge" doesn't sound very appealing, but this large are located north of Durban is one of 22 identified for protection under the Operation Phakisa marine protected area (MPA) network. A number of different habitats are known to converge at the UThukela shelf edge, result in a unique and highly diverse seabed ecosystem. The recent deployment of a submersible camera has, for the first time, open a window on this deep-sea world.

WESSA’s Ntsubane Living Forest Project receives great recognition at the M&G Greening the Future Awards

The 2015 Mail & Guardian ‘Greening the Future Awards’ were held at the Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg in July this year. WESSA, through their project the ‘Ntsubane Living Forest Project’, was nominated in the Community Conservation category where they have focused on bringing about fair and equitable resource benefits to forest user groups, communities and the state.

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary release their first rehabilitated birds

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) is located in Kleinbaai in the Western Cape and opened its doors in March this year. It was planned and constructed by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) with support from the Blue Fund with the objective to rehabilitate and release injured or sick seabirds back into the adjacent ocean. Their motto, ‘Every Bird Counts’ is apt for this day and age, where habitat loss and other human related factors are affecting wildlife populations globally.

Marine Biologists pass on enthusiasm and knowledge to Students

The Ocean Stewards Programme was officially launched at the end of May at the Grindrod Ltd offices in Durban. Students from around the country were given the opportunity to meet some of South Africa’s top marine biologists and geologists.

Beautiful Cape weather highlights the success of the Clovelly Golf Day which aims to raise awareness for Coastal Conservation

Grindrod Asset Management, in partnership with Wildlands, hosted the Blue Funds’ Golf day at the beautiful Clovelly Country Club in Cape Town at the end of May 2015.

Marine Science students given an opportunity of a lifetime

At the end of May 2015, the official launch of the “Ocean Stewards Programme” will take place. This will give 15 Marine and Ecological Science students from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to experience catalytic marine science under the guidance of key marine scientists and leading sector managers.

African Responsible Tourism Awards

In a special ceremony at World Travel Market Africa, Gansbaai took the coveted position of Overall Winner from of a selection of 22 finalists gathered from around Africa.

The Blue Fund assists KZN beaches in their bid for Blue Flag status

This year’s National Blue Flag Launch, held at the Thesen Island Marina in Knysna on the 7thOctober, was a great success, with the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) announcing a record number of Blue Flag sites for South Africa.

The Blue Fund supports Blue Flag drive along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline

KwaZulu-Natal has a spectacular coastline, with many of the towns along its edge relying on the natural beauty of the area, plus the warm waters of the ocean, to attract visitors both locally and internationally.

Sod turning ceremony in aid of the endangered African Penguin

On the 19th of August a group of high level individuals passionate about conservation, gathered at the Birkenhead Lodge grounds at Gansbaai in the Western Cape, to launch a significant partnership aimed at providing a sanctuary for the endangered African Penguin and Seabirds.