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NSRI Holiday Season Statistics
Sea Rescue’s statistics for the holiday season are really worth thinking about, in fact they are quite astonishing. NSRI crews responded to 222 calls for help and rescued 234 adults and 41 children in December 2011 and January 2012. This total of 275 people rescued over the two month period equates to an average of 4.5 people a day! The busiest day was the 1st of January when NSRI volunteers responded to 18 calls for help and in the first week of January they launched 44 operations. Certainly a big thank you to all the NSRI volunteers who gave up their precious family time to help all those in peril on South African waters.

 

 

Redbait, SANParks together with Honda Marine – Complex but Interesting
By N. Hanekom (SANParks)

Redbait is apparently the most frequently collected bait species by anglers along the south-eastern Cape coast, where it is used to target fish, such as galjoen, bronze bream, white musselcracker and blacktail. It is also an important source of protein for subsistent fishers and in Maputaland approximately 5 tons are gathered annually.  Redbait belongs to the class Ascidiacea (or sea squirts).

The larvae have a primitive backbone and nerve cord, and because of these features, redbait is considered to be a highly advanced animal and closely related to vertebrates. The backbone is lost once the redbait larva settles on the sea bottom and develops into a sessile, sac-like animal. The adult form is roughly barrel-shaped with a pair of tubular siphons. It is covered in a thick dark brown wrinkled tunic, which encloses and protects the soft, orange-red flesh against predation and wave action.

Typically redbait stands about 15 cm high, but it can grow as large as a rugby ball. This species is found on rocky reefs, from the low shore to a depth of about 15 m, usually forming dense beds where wave action or currents are strong. Such beds create a substratum and shelter for numerous other species, and more than 80 different species have been recorded from redbait beds in KwaZulu-Natal. Like many other filter-feeding organisms in the sea, redbait relies on waves and currents to deliver tiny particles of food to it. The particles are sieved from the water, which is drawn in through an inhalant siphon, filtered through a sieve-like pharynx and discharged through an exhalant siphon.

Mass mortalities of redbait occur occasionally. For example, in 1991 hundreds of redbait pods in the Tsitsikamma National Park were infected by a thin white microbial growth and showed signs of decay. During the ensuing three months a huge die-off of redbait occurred. Large proportions of the redbait stocks – amounting to many thousands of kilograms – were lost from the coastline. The loss of redbait cover led to a change in the habitat structure, which in turn led to a dramatic change in the composition of the fauna and flora. Juvenile redbait, like mussels and oysters, prefer to settle amongst the adults of their own species, and the recorded recovery was slow, taking several years. Therefore, this disease-mediated mortality not only impacted the redbait population, but also, indirectly, the whole community.

Infected Redbait

No red algal tides were noted in the area during this die-off of redbait, and past records make no mention of toxic red-tide events being lethal to redbait. However, large declines in surface sea temperatures due to nutrient-rich upwelling events, together with high air temperatures may have created conditions favourable for such a microbial epidemic. Samples taken from the outer tunic of decaying redbait specimens were infected with a bacterial growth and the colonies cultured were all comprised Vibrio bacteria. A Vibrio bacterium was apparently responsible for substantial mortalities in seven species of starfish (Asteroidea) in southern California during the early 1980s.

During a recent survey of the bait stocks at selected sites in the Garden Route National Park, substantial numbers of infected- and decaying redbait pods, similar to those noted in 1991, were recorded. The situation is being monitored, and should a large scale die-off of redbait occur in the Knysna estuary, then SANParks, using the inflatable boat donated by Honda Marine Southern Africa in conjunction with Honda Marine Knysna, will investigate the populations.  

 

 

HONDA RACING NEWS

IndyCar – Dixon Runs Second at Barber Motorsports Park

Scott Dixon

01/04/ 2012 – Having his best season start since his first IZOD IndyCar Series Championship in 2003, Scott Dixon finished second at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.  It was the second consecutive podium finish for the Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi racing driver, following on the heels of his runner-up result last weekend at the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Starting on the inside of the second row, in third, Dixon moved into the lead following the first round of scheduled pit stops, then controlled the middle third of the race, while many fierce battles for position raged behind him. But Dixon’s lead disappeared on lap 65, when he was delayed by slower cars while entering and leaving the pits for his final stop, handing the lead to eventual winner Will Power.

Prior to the start of today’s 90-lap contest, Tom Ogata from San Francisco, California, received the ride of his life – as passenger in the Honda two-seat IndyCar driven by former Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk – during the pace laps just prior to the green flag.  Ogata won his ride by entering Honda’s “Fastest Seat in Sports” contest at www.shophonda.com.

Taking the checkers just over three seconds behind Power, Dixon still closed to within two points of early-season drivers’ championship leader Helio Castroneves, and was the first of three Honda-powered drivers in the top five.

Graham Rahal had his first top-five finish of 2012, and came close to his first podium finish of the year, as he hounded eventual third-place finisher Castroneves for the final 15 laps.

Graham Rahal

Simon Pagenaud also improved on his sixth-place finish at the first race in St. Petersburg, climbing through the field in his Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara, from 10th at the start to fifth at the checkers. Mike Conway recovered from a minor “off” just after the final race restart on Lap 74 to finish seventh for A.J. Foyt Racing; while a last-lap pass of Marco Andretti saw three-time defending series champion Dario Franchitti round out the top-10 finishers for Honda today.
 
After back-to-back races in the Southeast to open the 2012 season, the IZOD IndyCar Series now goes cross-country, continuing in two weeks with the April 15 Grand Prix of Long Beach in Southern California.

Driver Team Driver Laps  Average Speed/Notes  
 1. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 90 102.081 mph avg.; led 22 laps
 2. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 90 -3.3709 seconds; led 38 laps
 3. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara 90 -19.1150 seconds; led 28 laps
 4. Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 90 -19.3395 seconds; led 1 lap
 5. Simon Pagenaud-R Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara 90 -20.1050 seconds
 6. James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Chevrolet Dallara 90 -23.3039 seconds; led 1 lap
 7. Mike Conway A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 90 -24.5552 seconds
 8. Rubens Barrichello KV Racing Technology Chevrolet Dallara 90 -25.4023 seconds
 9. Sebastien Bourdais Lotus Dragon Racing Lotus Dallara 90 -27.1815 seconds
 10. Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 90 -32.7377 seconds
 11. James Jakes Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 90 -54.5343 seconds
 12. Josef Newgarden-R Sarah Fisher Hartman Honda Dallara 90 -60.6180 seconds
 13. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 89 Running
 14. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Dallara 52 Did not finish – mechanical
 15. Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 45 Did not finish – mechanical

Scott Dixon with his 2nd place Trophy

IZOD IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship (after 2 of 16 races):
1. Helio Castroneves 86 points (1 win) 6. Ryan Hunter-Reay 53
2. Scott Dixon 84 7. Graham Rahal 50
3. Will Power 77 (1 win) 8. Ryan Briscoe 46
4. James Hinchcliffe 60 9. Mike Conway 38
5. Simon Pagenaud 58 10.Rubens Barrichello 37
       
Manufacturers’ Championship:                                                                                                      Rookie of the Year:
1. Chevrolet 18 1. Simon Pagenaud 58
2. Honda 12 2. Josef Newgarden 32
3. Lotus   8 3. Katherine Legge 24

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 3rd, finished 2nd:  “I’m feeling a bit angry at the moment, but I guess it’s a good thing if you’re unhappy about finishing second!  But this was our race to lose and somehow we managed to lose it.  Coming in for my final pit stop, I was held up by a slower car on my ‘in’ lap and then by another lapped car after leaving the pits.  I guess that was all Will [Power] needed.”

Scott Dixon

Graham Rahal (#38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 8th, finished 4th:  “I gave [Helio Castroneves] a run, but the rules allow you to make a defensive move and that’s exactly what he did.  I would have done the exact same thing had the situation been reversed.  I tried him probably five times in all, but just couldn’t make it happen.

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda) started 10th, finished 5th:  “After starting 10th, this was a good recovery for us.  We had a really good car today; I think in the closing laps we had the fastest car out there.  This was a really fun race, with lots of passing, and a great crowd.  It made the day very enjoyable for us, and I hope for the fans as well.”

Marc Sours (General Manager, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race:  “What a great race!  I think there may have been more action and passing this afternoon than in all previous IndyCar races here at Barber.  Certainly, the introduction of new cars and the return of manufacturer competition to IndyCar racing has added a sense of anticipation to each green flag. This is a spectacular venue, and the huge crowd on hand seems to enjoy the spectacle.  Congratulations to Scott Dixon on an excellent start to his 2012 season and to all our drivers and teams.  We had three Hondas finishing in the top five today, and look for even better things to come in the races ahead.  We’re interested in examining the engines from the cars of Takuma Sato and Charlie Kimball, to determine the exact nature of their issues.  Constant improvement is one of the goals of our racing program.”

 

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
Round 02: Imola Circuit – Italy

Rea Recovers To Score Good Points at Imola

Jonathan Rea at Imola

01/04/2012 – Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) overcame the effects of a fast and heavy high-side fall in practice to post a ninth and then a much-improved fifth at the FIM Superbike World Championship races at Imola. Both races at Imola were won by Ducati rider Carlos Checa who now holds a narrow championship lead.

Rea, who still qualified seventh after making it all the way to superpole three, simply had the wrong tyre on for the conditions in race one – cool after two days of sunshine in qualifying. In race two he held a good pace and closed in on the leaders at a circuit he won a race at last year. He is now sixth in the championship rankings, with 40 points.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) had never even seen Imola before his first practice experiences and he missed Superpole qualification, starting 23rd on the grid for each of the 21-lap races. He finished 18th in race one, and went out with a technical issue at turn four on lap 13, while sitting 18th again in the second race.

Hiroshi Aoyama at Imola

Lorenzo Alfonsi (Pro Ride Motorsports Honda) retired from each race in his first race weekend with his new team. He had been 25th on the grid at his and his team’s home race as he had no testing time available before this competitive weekend.

Two Honda Riders On The Podium As Pole Man Lowes Takes Second

Sam Lowes (on left) gets a 2nd Place at Imola for Bogdanka PTR Honda

Pole position rider Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) tried everything he knew on the final few laps of the FIM Supersport World Championship race at Imola to get past eventual winner Fabien Foret (Kawasaki), but he could not get into a position to make his final move. In finishing second by only 0.574s Lowes promoted himself to second in the championship, on a day when lots of top names and new talents experienced some vastly differing results.

Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda) was ninth on lap one, having been 11th on the grid, but rode through with good pace to set-up a final lap struggle with Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini Honda). Quarmby came out on top to record his first podium finish, but he only beat Tamburini by 0.004s after their dramatic exit from the final chicane.

Another two Honda riders finished inside the top eight places. Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) was seventh and Andrea Antonelli (Team Lorini Honda) eighth, the latter riding though from 12th on the grid. Nemeth had qualified ninth.

Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) had high expectations of a podium finish after qualifying fifth, but he was forced in to change a rear tyre after only five laps. He went back out on track to set a new lap record of 1m, 51.952s, but lost so much time in the pits he finished 20th and out of the points.

Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) was looking good for a top four finish, but fell on lap six, at the infamous final chicane. Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) had to take a ride-through penalty for cutting the last chicane, while Lukas Pesek (PRORACE Honda) finished one place behind Jessop, in 18th place, having qualified 23rd.

Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) retired in the pits after a great start that saw him sixth for a time. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka Racing Honda) broke his right tibia and tibia in a free practice crash and will require surgery to fix the fractures before he can consider coming back to racing.

David Latr rode for SMS Racing Honda this weekend, but retired. South African Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) was disqualified for not coming in for a black flag penalty.

Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 9th / 5th / Championship position: 6th

Jonathan Rea

“Well, it finished better than it started, for sure. In the first race, we flat-out picked the wrong tyre – we didn’t do so much work on the hard tyre in the practices so we were reluctant to go with it. Also, this was the first temperature change we’d had over the weekend to very cold. But it’s been a bit of a frustrating weekend, to be honest, because our pace here last year was good enough for a win. Our pace this year is the same, but there’s two or three guys at the front going faster. If we don’t have a big improvement, then it’s hard to find that half-second. All in all, I’m happy to have points on the board in both races, and I’m really pleased with the way I rode in race two. I got messed up with my rhythm in the first laps when some guys put me out at the chicane, but I put my head down and got back to the group. When I cut through them and got some free track I was able to get to the front comfortably at the end. I’m happy with my riding and happy that we have a test here tomorrow and then a two-day test at Assen to try and find the front feeling that I’ve been lacking.”

Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team)
Race result: 18th / DNF / Championship position: 13th

“It’s been a very difficult weekend for me. It was my first time racing at Imola and, of course, that doesn’t help to set up the bike but, anyhow, we set out to try and find a good feeling. We couldn’t really find one, but we started the first race and, until mid-race, my pace was not too bad so we could catch up to 12th position. Starting from 23rd position, that wasn’t so bad. But then the tyre started to drop and I started missing some gears and we ended up in a not very good position. For the second race we changed the engine in case of the gearbox and we expected a better result. Feeling-wise, it wasn’t so bad, but from the middle of the race, the engine started to slow a little bit and, in the end, it stopped. So, it was not really a happy weekend but for the next race at Assen, I know the track a little bit so I hope we can have a better weekend.”

Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda)
Race result: 2nd / Championship position: 2nd

Sam Lowes

“That was a tough race. We changed the bike a bit for today and the team gave me a bike that as capable of winning. Fabien was great last year at this track and this year he did not put a foot wrong. I nearly matched his times towards the end, but I could not go any faster to catch him, but fair play to all of us, and I am glad to get my first podium of the year. I made a good start from pole and had to control the race from the front. Fabien is a fantastic rider and he’s always good at this circuit so well done to him for the win. We’re getting closer and I feel good and confident. I didn’t make any mistakes in the race and the bike and tyres were working well until the end. We’re now second in the championship so I’m really looking forward to Assen.”

Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda)
Race result: 3rd / Championship position: 4th

“It is amazing to get third and I did not expect to get onto the podium from my starting position. I pushed hard this weekend and I cannot say thank you enough to my team because the bike was good this weekend. What an amazing race day after getting on the podium. My bike was all good and yesterday we did not know which tyre to run and we made a good decision in the end. The team was awesome and I have never been so happy in a long time racing. It got difficult at the end so I had to get my head down and I knew Tamburini was close. I block-passed him on the last corner and came out in the wrong gear so had to get my weight forward and try to get to the line in front of him which I did – just.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012 – 
Round 02: Imola Circuit – Italy

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)

1

C. CHECA (Althea Racing)

2

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

3

L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

4

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)

5

E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)

6

M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

7

J. LASCORZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

8

L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)

9

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

10

N. CANEPA (Red Devils Roma)

11

J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)

12

M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

13

J. HOPKINS (Crescent Fixi Suzuki)

14

L. MERCADO (Team Pedercini)

15

A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

C. CHECA (Althea Racing)

2

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

3

L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

4

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)

5

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

6

E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)

7

J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)

8

L. CAMIER (Crescent Fixi Suzuki)

9

J. LASCORZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

10

M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

11

S. GUINTOLI (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

12

M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

13

L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)

14

C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)

15

A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)

1

F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)

2

S. LOWES (Bogdanka PTR Honda)

3

R. QUARMBY (PTR Honda)

4

R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)

5

V. IANNUZZO (Power Team by Suriano)

6

V. LEONOV (Yakhnich Motorsport)

7

B. NEMETH (Racing Team Toth)

8

A. ANTONELLI (Team Lorini)

9

M. ROCCOLI (Bike Service – WTR TEN 10)

10

S. MORAIS (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini)

11

A. BALDOLINI (Power Team by Suriano)

12

J. DAY (Team GOELEVEN)

13

R. LANUSSE (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)

14

L. MARCONI (VFT Racing)

15

J. METCHER (Rivamoto Junior Team)

 

 

MotoGP – Round 01 – Grand Prix of Qatar – Losail – 08/04/2012

Dani Pedrosa at Qatar

After a thrilling race, decided in the final three laps, the Repsol Honda Team started the 2012 MotoGP World Championship with a double podium at the Losail circuit, with Dani Pedrosa in second place and Casey Stoner in third. Casey, who took today his 16th successive podium, managed to lead the race from the third lap and after recording the fastest lap on lap 4, opened up a two second gap over Lorenzo and Dani at one stage.

Pedrosa and Stoner dicing in Qatar

Dani Pedrosa performed one of his incredible trademark starts, jumping from 7th to 2nd by the first corner and managed to match the pace of Casey and Jorge in the opening laps. However, the current World Champion began to suffer from severe arm pump which affected his race greatly and finally he was unable to ride to his full potential. With 4 laps to go, Jorge Lorenzo passed Casey and took the lead followed shortly by Pedrosa and Casey retained third position.

DANI PEDROSA 2nd

Dani Pedrosa on the podium

“I’m very happy with this result because we have been able to turn around all the problems we had during the weekend. After a good pre season we got here and everything went wrong: I had flu and a fever, I crashed on Friday, then the qualifying practice was a disaster… So, it’s very good to leave here with this podium, even if I feel little bit sad because I thought I could win this race, I had it in my hands for a while. The team did a fantastic job and we saw things very different after warm up; then I managed a perfect start which was a key moment in the race, and I was able to stay with Casey and Jorge. In the end, with 4 laps to go I tried to take the lead, but Lorenzo was cleverer than me this time and choose a better strategy. I passed him but he overtook me immediately and also Casey, then I was behind Casey for 1 lap and lost contact with Jorge. Anyway, it’s a good start to the season and we will try to do better in Jerez”.

CASEY STONER 3rd

Casey Stoner at Qatar

“It wasn’t really the way we wanted to finish the race weekend here, after FP3 and Qualifying it was always going to be a tough race for us but in the end it came in the wrong areas. The bike was working well for us, I definitely had the package and the pace to lead the field which was really positive. However, I suffered from really bad arm pump. After three or four laps I felt it but it gradually got worse, I tried to pull a little gap from Jorge and Dani and put in the minimal effort possible to retain the gap and try and win, but as the race continued it got worse and worse and eventually the muscles had nothing more to give. I couldn’t hold onto the handle bars properly and it made things really difficult so it was a disappointing race for this reason, but for many other technical reasons it was very promising”.

RACE RESULTS:

1 Jorge Lorenzo 42’44.214 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa +0.852 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner +2.908 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Cal Crutchlow +17.114 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Andrea Dovizioso +17.420 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Nicky Hayden +28.413 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista +28.446 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Stefan Bradl +29.464 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Hector Barbera +31.384 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Valentino Rossi +33.665 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Ben Spies +56.907 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
12 Colin Edwards +58.088 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
13 Randy De Puniet +1’10.650 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Yonny Hernandez +1’15.943 COL BQR-FTR BQR
15 Aleix Espargaro +1’26.733 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
16 Ivan Silva +1’43.327 SPA BQR-FTR BQR
17 Mattia Pasini +1’47.419 ITA ART Speed Master
18 James Ellison +1’51.882 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
19 Danilo Petrucci DNF ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
20 Karel Abraham DNF CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
21 Michelle Pirro DNF ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WWF HONDA MARINE PARKS PROGRAMME

Not all seafood is equal, so choose Green!
As part of Honda Marine’s strong ongoing partnership with the WWF, we bring you the following important information on choosing what seafood to buy.

Our oceans are under pressure. The UN estimates that a quarter of all fisheries are now classified as overfished or depleted, approximately 25% of what is caught is thrown back, often dead and wasted, and, because no fishing gear is completely selective, many endangered and vulnerable species are accidentally caught as bycatch. Meanwhile, the appetite for seafood continues to grow; the average person eats 6 kg more fish every year now than in the 60’s.

This is hardly surprising as seafood is considered healthy, trendy and a better environmental choice than meat.  But the demand for seafood now surpasses the supply; in a world where fishing is central to the livelihood and food security of millions of people, this is a real cause for concern.

So what are the issues we, as environmentally savvy consumers, should be aware of when buying seafood? At the end of the day, isn’t all seafood equal? The short answer is no. But, like everything else we do, seafood consumption has complex environmental consequences that are difficult to condense into an easy answer.

The first thing to know is that there are many different methods used to harvest seafood, each of which has their own associated environmental impacts. The question to ask is, how successful is a particular fishing method at catching what it intends to catch? The UN reports that 27 million tons of bycatch (living things caught in nets unintentionally) die each year. A high level of bycatch in a fishery should set off environmental alarm bells; many of the species caught play important roles in maintaining the health of marine ecosystems and are extremely vulnerable to even low levels of mortality.

So, in a world where such a large percentage of the wild-caught fish stocks are vastly depleted, couldn’t fish farming be the answer? Well, yes and no. Aquaculture provides one out of every four fish eaten in the world today and holds much promise. However, the associated risks of aquaculture, such as the possible spread of diseases from farmed to wild-caught fish, cannot be ignored.

Luckily, choosing sustainably is so much easier with WWF SASSI’s colour-coded seafood pocket guide. The list categorises selected seafood species according to their conservation status: species on the Red list should never be bought (as they are either illegal or considered unsustainable), Orange-listed species have associated ecological reasons for concern, and Green-listed species are the most sustainable choices available, from the best managed populations. The nifty FishMS also brings the list to you through an SMS; text the name of the fish to the number 079-499-8795 and you will soon get a response telling you to tuck in, think twice or avoid completely!
So even if all seafood is not equal, by using SASSI to put your money where your environmental conscience is, things are definitely looking up for our marine resources.
For more information about SASSI, visit the website at www.wwf.org.za/sassi or, email SASSI at sassi@wwf.org.za.

 

 

 

BOATING TIP FOR THE MONTH

ADVANTAGES of Rigid inflatable Boats (RIBS) – Putting Some Myths to Bed

Falcon 7.6m powered by 2 x Honda BF150HP outboards

What type of boat you buy is all about personal preference and choice, and more often than not people have over time formed fairly inflexible mindsets based on personal experience and by exposing themselves to potential prejudice from the proverbial ‘hearsay’ of others. This is perhaps often the case when it comes to RIBS, but don’t believe anything you hear…

Often in the past, the reputation of RIBS has been tarnished by the use of inferior materials combined with basic build techniques, resulting in major quality issues.

Department of Fisheries Protection Vessels

In recent years however, these issues have been addressed and overcome by manufacturers using stronger imported materials and by employing fail-proof thermo-bonded tube technology. As a result RIBS’s now find themselves as one of the most rapidly growing sectors within the marine industry. They are lighter and easier to operate than conventional GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) boats and they are versatile in terms of usage whether it’s for a commercial, safety, recue, diving or leisure application, being equally at home in dams, rivers, lagoons, breaking surf and open sea conditions.

NSRI Gemini 8.5m powered by 2 x Honda BF225's

Their single biggest advantage is the safety aspect. RIBS are extremely stable boats, possessing a low centre of gravity and a greater buoyancy than conventional craft. Their tubular structure acts like a big shock absorber, giving them a softer dryer ride and an unparalleled degree of seaworthiness, allowing them to withstand the most treacherous and hazardous sea conditions. That’s why under normal circumstances they are practically impossible to capsize, making them the favoured choice for Sea Rescue, Police, Navy, Port Authorities and many other organizations.

Also with them being lighter than conventional craft, they’re easier to launch and retrieve, and they need a smaller engine to power them making them more economical to run. They also have a higher ‘loading capacity’ area due to their much greater level of buoyancy, allowing them to carry more load.
Most importantly from a leisure perspective they are lots of fun, giving you perhaps a greater sense of adventure, whether you have a centre or jockey console RIB. They are also highly affordable in comparison to certain GRP boat equivalents, giving you excellent boating value for your money.
So maybe when you’re looking for that next boat, consult your local Honda Marine dealer and have a good look at the potential RIB options.