Marine Conservation

CAPE WHALE COAST HOPE SPOT (Sustainable Sea Trust)

The Cape Whale Coast (or Overstrand), from Rooi Els to Quoin Point, is one of five regions in South Africa that will be declared as Mission Blue Hope Spots. Hope Spots are special conservation areas that are critical to the health of the ocean. Bientang’s Cave was proud to host and support Renowned marine conservationist, Dr Sylvia Earle, who lead the Mission Blue Expedition.


Established in 1977. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit organization specializing in ocean wildlife conservation. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat & slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans, to conserve & protect ecosystems & species. SSCS uses innovative direct action tactics to investigate, document, & intervene against illegal activities on the high seas.


A year long voyage: One year. Four oceans. A million Ocean Defenders. This is our response to the growing crisis our oceans face. We are now on the final leg of our most ambitious ship expedition ever, to respond to the threats and highlight the wonders of our marine world. It's been an amazing journey so far; and we're taking you with us! Watch this space for more updates from the crew.



The mission of BirdLife South Africa is to promote the enjoyment, conservation, study and understanding of wild birds and their habitats. 

Why should we conserve birds?

  • Birds are an important part of the world's biodiversity, providing important ecosystem services
  • Birds are indicators of the state of the environment. In general, places that are rich in bird species are also rich in other forms of biodiversity. Their presence indicates a healthy environment.



Established in 2002, we are a member based organization founded with the mission to unify, coordinate and promote environmentally sustainable living in the Cape Whale Coast Region of the Western Cape, South Africa.  Our vision is that the Cape Whalke Coast community will be a vibrant, environmentally sustainable community.  Based in Hermanus, Overstrand, the main centre of Cape Whale Coast in which we are active.  We divide our work into four focus areas, each with its own strategic objective:

  • Eco-Management (including Eco-advocacy and Eco-watch)
  • Eco-Learning
  • Cape Whale Coast Going Green
  • Eco-Community


We are committed to inspiring people in the Cape Whale Coast Region to become a vibrant and environmentally sustainable community.  We work with the community, business and government and champion responsible environmental management and optimal utilization of our ecosystem services.



OceanElders is an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean and its wildlife. These individuals use their collective influence, supported by science and data, to promote ocean conservation, pursue the protection of the ocean’s habitat and wildlife, and preserve its ecosystems and species biodiversity. OceanElders was created to be a locus of collaboration in the field of ocean conservation. By working with and leveraging the work of other ocean organizations, OceanElders works to encourage, endorse, and champion their ocean initiatives. The structure is optimized and the team focused to be a catalytic agent of change in order to achieve lasting impact at scale in ocean conservation and sustainability.

The idea for OceanElders began on the Mission Blue voyage to the Galapagos Islands in April 2010, where over 100 scientists, business leaders, philanthropists, and entertainment icons came together to support Dr. Sylvia Earle, 2009 TED Prize Winner, in her TED Wish to draw public attention to the urgent need for ocean protection.  Gigi Brisson returned home and created and funded OceanElders, developed its plan and model, and sought out global leaders who had a personal passion for the ocean and its wildlife. 

OceanElders welcomed Dr. Earle as its first Ocean Elder in June 2010 and those that have joined since include H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sir Richard Branson, Jackson Browne, Dr. Rita Colwell, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Graeme Kelleher, Sven Lindblad, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Nainoa Thompson, Ted Turner, Captain Don Walsh, Neil Young, and most recently James Cameron.  Over time, more Ocean Elders will be added, with an effort to include individuals from Africa, China, India, Japan, and Central and South America. –

Via Email : info[at]OceanElders

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Our vision is of the world’s oceans teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations.


Our mission is to use our ecolabel and fishery certification program to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood, and working with our partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis.


We will:

  • Collaborate with fishers, retailers, processors, consumers and others to drive change forward
  • Never compromise on the environmental standard we set, nor on our independence
  • Continue to lead the world in wild capture fishery certification, with the most trusted, recognised and credible seafood ecolabel.



More than 20 years ago, a group of environmental advocates at the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) founded Project AWARE. They were deeply concerned about emerging threats to the underwater world.
For two decades Project AWARE’s mission was to educate divers about emerging ocean issues and encourage participation in underwater conservation activities. More than 1000 dive operators and countless dive volunteers committed to marine protection efforts worldwide.

The new Project AWARE is dedicated to supporting YOU, AWARE divers, as ocean protectors. We’ll help you boost your dive plans to protect the ocean with helpful online tools and resources; online petitions that influence global environmental policies; and providing online data collection systems for gathering key data about the state of oceans.

We hope you’ll join Project AWARE and thousands of divers in protecting our ocean--one dive at a time.



The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is run by 940 highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year.

Donations and sponsorships cover our annual running cost of R27.5m. The volunteers save us a salary bill in excess of R250m per annum.

There are 30 coastal and 3 inland rescue bases, a fleet of 92 rescue craft, 27 vehicles and we have access to a range of helicopters. We enjoy a good working relationship with other emergency services and we believe that it is through team effort that lives are saved.
The NSRI education arm, called WaterWise Academy, teaches children what to do in an emergency and gives them the confidence to initiate basic bystander CPR while they wait for the ambulance to arrive. The WaterWise Academy targets disadvantaged youth between the ages of nine and 14, because statistically they are the most at risk (South African Medical Research Council, 2006).
Our technical experts, our auditors and our board of Directors are also all unpaid volunteers.