Oceanographic Research Institute attends MPA forum in Port Elizabeth

Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) scientist Bruce Mann attended the annual Marine Protected Area (MPA) forum held in Port Elizabeth from 25 to 27 October 2016.

This annual event brings together MPA managers, scientists, government authorities, universities, NGOs and community stakeholders from around South Africa to discuss progress and share challenges and solutions that will assist in managing South Africa’s network of MPAs.

The pristine ocean in one of South Africa's Marine Protected Areas (Image: uShaka Sea World)

More than 100 people attended this year’s forum which was organised by the South African arm of the World Wide Fund For Nature and funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs. 

Talks and discussions ranged greatly, from the challenges facing the establishment of the 22 new MPAs proposed through Operation Phakisa, to the nitty-gritty of day-to-day MPA management.

Overall it was a productive gathering and most participants came away with new information and ideas on how to tackle MPA management challenges going forward. An exciting new MPA website has been launched by the WWF team. View it here

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