|South Africa: Aliwal Shoal Protection
Aliwal Shoal is located south of Durban and is approximately two miles offshore of the mid-southeast coast of the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa.
The National Ocean Services (NOS) National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) and International Program Office invite you to join us as we travel across the ocean to work with our partners in marine protection, the Republic of South Africa. The mission, initiated by the International Program Office in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), seeks to enhance each countrys management of its marine protected areas (MPAs) through learning from shared experiences and knowledge of each other.
Our journey to the KwaZulu-Natal Province in eastern South Africa begins the second phase of a two-year long project. The mission builds on 18 months of joint work with our South African partners to help develop a management plan for the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area.
From April 14 through May 4, you can join us in our efforts at furthering marine conservation around the globe as our delegation posts their stories and photographs from Africa. Click on links in the sidebar to learn about the delegations current activities.
April 29 - May 3
The delegation and their colleagues at KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife reconvened at the conference center at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve and began completing the draft management plan for Aliwal Shoal. The group then brainstormed on a business plan for Aliwal Shoal MPA, which will essentially serve as an annual operating plan and budget for the MPA.
April 21 - 28
The delegation team rolled up their sleeves and got down to work on developing a management plan for the proposed Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area (MPA). They also visited St Lucia Wetlands Park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in the province.
April 15 - 20
The delegation has been in Africa for approximately a week and visited several reserves, such as the Krantz Kloof Reserve and Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve. To read more about their travels, and work, as well as take a look at their photos from South Africa, click on the images in the lefthand sidebar navigation.