National Marine Week aims to educate all South Africans about the role oceans play in our daily lives, including recreation and employment. Since 1988 it has been celebrated during the second week of October. It creates awareness on the marine and coastal environment, marine conservation issues, and the promotion of sustainable use and conservation of these resources.
The 3 000km of the South African coastline, which stretches from the Orange River in the west to Kosi Bay in the east, are rich in marine life and support many different marine ecosystems. Great demands are placed on these ecosystems by various bodies. The increase of marine pollution has caused the decline of many species and it is our duty, as humans, to ensure that our marine resources are not overexploited, resulting in total destruction and possible extinction.
To acknowledge this special week, we can learn more about our fragile oceans and their inhabitants in order to help conserve and utilise this natural resource in a more sustainable manner.