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Animals rescued in 2020

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Whales assisted to date

140

Volunteers specially trained to do whale disentanglements

Our Planet

The greatest long-term threat to our existence is climate change and the lack of care of our environment. The NSRI believes in doing everything possible to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the environment. We also advocate the conservation of South Africa’s marine areas and support animal rescues.

Why our planet matters

Water crises in the Western, Eastern and Southern Cape, extreme weather conditions and devastating wildfires have all underlined the importance of the environment to sustainability and livelihoods.

What Sea Rescue is doing

We have taken a position with regards to conservation to identify with initiatives to conserve marine animals, whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds, and actively participate in programmes related to protecting these species. We are positively against marine pollution of a solid, biological and chemical nature and lobby local government to improve their systems. We understand the impact that marine pollution has on human health and our activism relates to our values around human life. The ocean cannot continue to absorb the waste it is confronted with and we must make internal and external effort as an organisation to reduce pollution.

We are conscious of energy requirements and its impact on the environment, and we are constantly striving to reduce our environmental footprint through more efficient sources and mechanisms like LED lighting, four-stroke outboard motors, building insulation and reduced travel.

Help us to protect our planet.

Why it works

The results of our energy-efficient and water-saving strategies have led to a reduction in our overall carbon footprint. Our facilities and assets reflect a culture of safety and concern for the environment. We strive to create awareness around the preservation of natural resources, including marine wildlife, and will always respond to marine animals in distress. Around 140 Sea Rescue volunteers, operating from 18 stations, have been trained to perform whale disentanglements.

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How you can help

Members of the public play an important role in alerting rescue services when they encounter animals in distress. If possible, stay with the animal until help arrives. But don’t attempt a rescue yourself as this may be dangerous. We have specialised teams of volunteers who know what to do
Reduce, reuse and recycle and encourage family, friends and colleagues to do the same
Organise beach clean-ups with your school, club or a group of friends. Coastal birds are particularly vulnerable to small bits of plastic and pieces of rope or netting that wash ashore
Live consciously with the planet’s future in mind

Read more about Animal Rescue

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ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 15 January 2021

NSRI and Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation “shelle-brate” a turtely awesome story of turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release 

Joint Media (and Turtle) Release: National Sea Rescue Institute and Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation 15th January 2021 NSRI and Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation “shelle-brate” a turtely awesome story of turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release Date: Thursday 14th January ...

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AD CAMPAIGNS  | Published: 11 November 2020

Whale rescue: a tricky – but rewarding – business

The NSRI has been involved in whale disentanglement operations since 2006. Since then, around 140 volunteers have been trained in the specific procedures necessary to assist the whales. There are 21 ‘disentanglement stations’ around the country, 18 of which are NSRI stations. Annually volunteer crews respond to around 15 callouts to assist whales in distress.

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AD CAMPAIGNS  | Published: 4 September 2020

Penguin rescue on Robben Island

Marc de Vos, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said:At 11h43, Thursday, 3 September, NSRI Table Bay duty crew were activated following a request from SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) to evacuate an African penguin found ...