SAAMBR produces conservation posters on marine species

Last week the SAAMBR team, together with representatives from KZN Slots, visited four rural schools to take them an educational resource and to deliver a series of specially designed posters featuring different local marine animals.

Grade 6 Kloof High learners, Liesje Sutherland and Aphiwe Khumalo look at one of the new posters (Image: uShaka Sea World)

Written in English and Zulu, the posters will provide learners at Makhanya Primary, Bhongo Primary, Asiphephe Primary and Umthombomuhle Primary with not only an attractive item to decorate their classrooms, but with a valuable, scientifically accurate resource for learning about biology and the sustainable use of natural resources, in their home language.

The posters are suitable for use in the classroom as well as for use by fishermen, divers, marine resource users, conservation officials along the coast and anyone interested in marine life.

The posters aim to build a general awareness of marine conservation among KwaZulu-Natal residents; encourage people to take action to care for their local environment; inform marine resource users of the rationale behind current legislation affecting marine species; and to encourage people living in the province to care for our oceans and marine life.

One of the SAAMBR posters on the African penguin (Image: uShaka Sea World)

While sometimes considered out-dated, the use of posters to introduce the public to marine animals and the need to care for marine resources, has been proved to be effective in raising awareness and encouraging compliance, especially among resource user groups. This is especially significant if the posters are available in the official language of the reader.

A total of 10 different species was selected to be featured on the posters. They include commonly known animals such as the rock lobster, brown mussel, streepie, blacktail, seventy-four, sardine, red steenbras, dusky kob, shad and African penguin.

If anyone would like a free poster in English or Zulu while stocks last please contact Ann Kunz on (0)31 328 8222 or email info@saambr.org.za

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