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2017/18 BLUE FLAG STATUS AWARDED TO 62 OF SA’S TOP BEACHES, SUSTAINABLE TOURISM BOATS AND MARINAS

Says Vincent Shacks, WESSA Ecotourism Manager: “Blue Flag is an excellent example of what is achievable when the government, both local and national, partner with civil society. The programme encourages adherence to very high, international standards for beaches, boats and marinas."

Blue Flag launch 2017Blue Flag is a  world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe

The Blue Flag Programme, now in its 30th year, is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness, and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management.

To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria spanning over four aspects of coastal management must be met and maintained: 

•              Water quality

•              Environmental education and information

•              Environmental management

•              Safety and services.

Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year and to practise effective and efficient conservation management.

In South Africa, the Blue Flag programme is managed by WESSA and participating coastal municipalities. In the Southern Hemisphere, the Blue Flag season runs from 1 November to 31 October each year. Beaches are required to apply for Blue Flag status each year and the Blue Flag standards are only enforced at the beaches over the participating beach’s stated season, which varies from just two months of the year to the full 12 months.

The Blue Flag programme is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. The criteria are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).

Through close collaboration with their members on all issues, the Foundation for Environmental Education works to ensure the programme's expansion, and that the unrivalled standards of the Blue Flag are maintained internationally. The detailed criteria and award process is available on Blue Flag’s international website

www.blueflag.global

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    Oct '17

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    2017/18 BLUE FLAG STATUS AWARDED TO 62 OF SA’S TOP BEACHES, SUSTAINABLE TOURISM BOATS AND MARINAS

    Says Vincent Shacks, WESSA Ecotourism Manager: “Blue Flag is an excellent example of what is achievable when the government, both local and national, partner with civil society. The programme encourages adherence to very high, international standards for beaches, boats and marinas."

  • 09
    Feb '17

    Travelling light: White Sharks pack their lunch in Liver Fat on long migrations

    Each year, great white sharks that forage in waters off the central California coast migrate as much as 2,500 miles (4,000 km) over the open ocean, to other feeding grounds in the Pacific Ocean. A team of scientists investigating the tracks of four great white sharks, using data from satellite tags, have found evidence that these non-stop journeys are fueled by lipids, or fat, stored in the sharks’ large livers.

  • 08
    Feb '17

    Sharks don't see red -in fact they might be color blind.

    What’s the view like through the eyes of a shark? That’s what some shark researchers in Australia wanted to know. They used an instrument called a microspectrophotometer to measure light-sensitive cells in the eyes of several shark species. 

    "Humans have three cone types that are sensitive to blue, green and red light, respectively, and by comparing signals from the different cone types we get the sensation of colour vision," according to Professor Hart, of the University of Western Australia who led the study.
    "However, we found that sharks have only a single cone type and by conventional reckoning, this means that they don't have colour vision. It does not necessarily mean that sharks see in black and white, but they’re certainly color-blind.

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