Dr. Sylvia A. Earle – Keynote presentation at the Energy Innovation Summit – “No Blue, No Green”

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle – Explorer in Residence of the National Geographic Society and Founder, Mission Blue

Members of the Simon’s Town Coastal Forum had the privilege to attend Dr. Earle’s talks during her visit to South Africa last year.

Her messages, and her work with Mission Blue ( http://mission-blue.org/ ), are a constant inspiration to all who care for our oceans, and marine-life in general.

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Naval & Coastal Activities Event

Navy logoThe Institute for Maritime Technology, in conjunction with the SA Navy’s Environmental Office, invites you to an evening of interesting presentations providing information on naval and coastal activities, as well as two local shipwrecks (Brunswick and Clan Stuart).

Where:      IMT, Martello Rd, Simon’s Town
When:       Thursday 6th March 2014
Time:        18:30 for 19:00 hrs

Seating for 80 people only, so booking is essential!

Due to new security procedures you will be required to sign in at the gate.  Please allow some time for this.

To attend, please reserve your seat by contacting Benita Maritz at IMT before 12:00 hrs on Tuesday 4th March 2014 at (021) 786 8100 during office hours.

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Junior Whale Spotter Workshops

A Whale of a Heritage Route are once again organising a series of Junior Whale Spotter Workshops between March and August 2014. The workshops are aimed at children aged 7 to 14 and their parents with an interest to learn more about whales and dolphins that frequent our waters. At the end of the workshop, the youngsters will receive a whale spotter card that also has some retail benefits for both the kids and their parents.

There is roughly one workshop per month in the False Bay area and dates & venues of these workshops can be found on the Whale of a Heritage Route website.

Cost: R25 per child & senior and R50 per adult.

Curriculum links: Life Skills, Gr 6 (caring for animals); Natural Sciences & Technology, Gr 5 (reproduction); Gr 6 (Eco-systems & food webs).

Junior whale spotter workshops

Marine Protected Areas

Due to various and increasing threats to marine ecosystems globally, the calls to manage and protect vast areas of the ocean are growing louder.

This informative article was released by PEW in October:
A Rising Tide: A Statement of Support by Scientists for the Designation of the First Generation of Great Marine Parks Around the Globe.

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Film shoot at Long Beach, Simon’s Town: Thursday 14 Nov ’13

This notice serves to inform Simon’s Town residents that this week, on either Thursday 14th or Friday 15th November, the filming of part of the television series “SAF3”, will continue on Long Beach.

In this story the rescue team has to deal with an “Independence Day” fireworks demonstration that goes wrong. The barge on which the fireworks are based catches alight and the SAF3 team have to rush to their aide.

For this scene we have a barge on which we will stage the “fire”.

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Robots in the Ocean

The oceans of the world are remarkably under-explored, but this situation is changing as undulating sea gliders are starting to be deployed that can be guided on their journey within the ocean, whilst collecting measurements  and transmitting the results back  to home base.

Sea gliders were gathering information on underwater conditions whilst Superstorm Sandy struck the coast of New England. Not all of them survived the experience, but the knowledge gained will be used in helping future hurricane predictions.


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The Wreck of the Brunswick

In 1805, the English East Indiaman, the Brunswick, was captured by the French off Port du Galle, Ceylon and brought across the Indian Ocean as a prize to Simon’s Town, then in Dutch and French hands. On 2 September, the anchor cables parted under a south-east gale and the ship ran aground in 10 metres of water on the west side of Simon’s Bay (near to where the Redhill Road meets the coast). Its cargo of sandalwood was recovered and sold, and the wreck was then left to the mercy of the sea.

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The Annual Penguin Festival


The Annual Penguin Festival will be hosted at TMNP (Table Mountain National Park) Boulders Penguin Colony on 12 October 2013 (10h00 to 14h00).

The festival aims to raise awareness about our coastline and natural environment, in particular the Endangered African Penguin.

Endangered African Penguin

Endangered African Penguin

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