What you can do: Choose. Lower. Dispose
Choose your seafood wisely
Much of the seafood that we like to eat is in trouble. Worldwide unsustainable fishing has driven some fish populations to very low levels. The situation is no different in South Africa, where stocks of many well-known fish species have been severely depleted.
Lower your use of natural resources
Burning fossil fuels release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that trap heat in our atmosphere, making them major contributors to climate change. A healthy environment can be maintained if we learn to use our natural resources sustainably.
Dispose of your waste wisely
Many sea creatures swallow plastics by accident. Plastics break down into small pieces known as micro-plastics, which may be eaten by marine animals. Animals may become entangled in discarded waste such as nets, ropes and fishing line.
What SAAMBR does:
Our ORI scientists have studied popular linefish species since the 1960’s. The results of their research have contributed to the sustainable management of many different species. SAAMBR has also actively supported the SASSI campaign since it was formally started by WWF-SA in 2004. Our scientists contribute their research to the annual assessments of the fish, to decide onto which list they should be placed.
uShaka Sea World Education run sustainable seafood courses for fishmongers.
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We developed fish pellets for use in our uShaka Sea World aquarium, in an effort to reduce our environmental footprint and become more sustainable.
Environmental sustainability is critical at SAAMBR. After all, we need to practice what we preach.
Started in 2007, the SAAMBR Green Team was initiated to integrate conservation into the daily operations of the organisation. Made up of representative of all departments, the Green Team has initiated:
– the installation of recycling stations both in the park and behind the scenes
– the placement of conservation messages in strategic positions (like the toilet doors)
– the installation of vegetable gardens and worm farms
– encouraging car-pooling and supporting ‘plastic free’ initiatives
– planting indigenous trees
Born out of the Green Team, the sitewide Sustainability Committee looks at initiatives such as the installation of 456 solar panels on our office block roof and other large-scale projects.
Examples of recent activities undertaken by the Sustainability Committee include
a rain water harvesting system
numerous energy saving projects which collectively are saving over R350 000 per month.
These energy saving initiatives demonstrate the uShaka Sea World team’s commitment to saving both money and our environment.