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biodiversity Ocean Watch Y4MPAs

A lot on their plate: Sea’s custodians must do more

South Africa has proclaimed 20 new marine protected areas, mirroring worldwide efforts to conserve more marine areas. But a lack of funding and management mean most remain ‘Parks on Paper’.

Ocean Watch Rays and sharks

Of rashes and threshers: How dermal denticles make the apex predator even harder to handle

Surfer and sometimes shark researcher Sean Kelly takes a salty look at shark skin, a marvel of evolution.

biodiversity Conservation Watch TOP STORIES

Swimming against the tide of sewage: Standerton sanfus stir up action

An intrepid band of activist-athletes are drawing attention to a pressing pollution problem, with their latest target the Vaal River that flows through the Mpumalanga town of Standerton. Laura du Toit reports

biodiversity Ocean Watch Rays and sharks Y4MPAs

Bycatch threat to apex predators

Shark and ray numbers are dwindling. Bottom trawling and a lack of government monitoring are adding to the problem, writes Katie Biggar

Coronavirus Chronicles

Tracking Covid in sewers helps in virus fight

The Sars-Cov-2 virus has been detected in a number of wastewater treatment plants in KwaZulu-Natal. Fatima Khan reports on how researchers are turning this to good use.

Coronavirus Chronicles

Disco fever:
Big gatherings could trigger third wave – expert warns

Data modelling, aided by artificial intelligence, is helping better understand the spread of Covid-19  and to plan the rollout of the vaccine in  South Africa. Fatima Khan reports.

Conservation Watch

Hiya ladies, I am in a wooing mood!
. . . Spider love can be so strange

When it comes to wooing aggressive females, spiders can really spin the charm… just ask David Attenborough and Jurgen Otto. Fatima Khan reports

Conservation Watch

Trial may shed light on Wild Coast violence

A much-delayed case, back before the courts, brings to light community conflict over mineral sands mining plans. Fred Kockott reports. 

Ocean Watch Rays and sharks

Hooked on safety – the price of keeping KZN’s bathers safe from sharks

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board has a mandate to protect bathers against shark attacks while minimising the environmental impact. It insists its move to using baited drumlines rather than nets is

Ocean Watch Rays and sharks

Spotted!
How a surfer’s project turned the tide on shark fears

A brush with his own mortality stoked big wave rider and adventurer Greg Bertish into launching Shark Spotters – an internationally acclaimed bathing safety project that’s also doing wonders for