Albatross Task Force (ATF)
Andrea Angel attended the annual 2-day South African Sustainable Seafood Initiatives networking partners meeting, where she exchanged information and discussed how the partner organisations can support each other in advancing ocean sustainability issues. Andrea met with Capricorn Marine Environmental (CapMarine) to coordinate plans for their support during the at-sea trials planned for later in the year as part of the Inshore Trawl Seabird Bycatch Mitigation Project, funded by the Marine Stewardship Council’s Ocean Stewardship Fund. Reason Nyengera visited the Ocean View Association for Persons with Disabilities (OVAPD) centre to supply bird-scaring line (BSL) manufacturing materials and met with the centre manager, Deborah Gonzalves, to catch-up on 2021 work plans and challenges related to COVID-19 restrictions. Reason worked on a business plan concerning self-sustainability of the OVAPD centre’s BSL manufacturing process. Reason engaged with the Global Fishing Watch organisation which is in the process of assisting the team with assessing data on vessel movements and activity, as part of the ATF’s ongoing seabird bycatch risk assessment work.
Mouse-Free Marion (MFM)
Anton Wolfaardt continued to work on the development and review of project documents and plans for the MFM Project. Anton progressed discussions and planning regarding the key issues that need to be resolved in respect of the bait for the project and drafted a background document to help support fund-raising efforts. Anton started investigating the main elements of a Terms of Reference for advancing a communication strategy for the project.
Alistair McInnes went to the African Penguin colony at St Croix Island with colleagues from the University of Cape Town’s engineering department and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) to install an Automated Penguin Monitoring (APM) system. This device reads the microchips that are implanted in the penguins as they walk over a scale. This APM system provides important information about the penguins’ foraging trip times and how successful each trip was. Christina Hagen went to the penguin colony site at the De Hoop Nature Reserve on a regular monitoring and infrastructure maintenance trip.