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Whale freed at Cape Point
It was a fantastic sight to see the 9m Humpback whale swim free after the brave members of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN), working from the Simons Town 5.5m Honda-powered RIB Eddie Beaumont II, cut the ropes wrapped around the animals tail flutes and looped around to the right pectoral flipper. It was SAWDN’s first call for the season and what a happy outcome!

At 10h21 on the morning of Wednesday, 18th July, members of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network were activated following reports from Daantjie de Beer, skipper of the Paternoster Fishing Companies fishing boat Biskop, at sea offshore of Cape Point, 1 nautical mile offshore of Hoek van Bobbejaan, between Scarborough and Cape Point, of a whale entangled in fishing rope and a flotation buoy.

Volunteers of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network were activated while the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) Simonstown base dispatched their rigid inflatable sea rescue craft Eddie Beaumont II to rendezvous with the fishing boat in order to get a visual of the whale and to assess the extent of the entanglement.

Once on-scene the NSRI volunteers confirmed that a young adult 9 meter Humpback was entangled in rope and a flotation buoy.

SA Whale Disentanglement Network volunteers, accompanied by their specialized whale disentanglement equipment, then boarded the Honda powered NSRI Simonstown sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III and responded to the scene.
The two SA Whale Disentanglement Network volunteers involved in todays operation are Eben Lourens, a Western Cape Police Diver and David Hurwitz, a charter boat owner.
These SA Whale Disentanglement Network volunteers, using the specialized whale disentanglement equipment, and supported by the two NSRI sea rescue boats, then successfully disentangled crayfish ropes, a flotation buoy and a crayfish ring from the young adult whale. David Hurwitz, SA Whale Disentanglement Network volunteer, said:

“About 20 meters of rope was entangled around the whale, around both tail flutes and looped around to the right pectoral flipper with a small flotation buoy trailing about another meter of rope, constricting the whales movement and causing the whale to be unable to fully extend to its full length, and it was immediately obvious to us that the whale was tired and uncomfortable.

“Once we began the operation, with the sea rescue boat manoeuvring as close to the whale as possible, we made three cuts on the rope at intervals. In the process of making these cuts one of the cutting poles went overboard but was fortunately recovered and then the tip of one of the cutting knives snapped but we managed to continue using the knife.
“After three cuts, at different places along the rope, the rope came completely free and we recovered all of the rope including the flotation buoy and we then also discovered a crayfish ring attached to the rope which had two crayfish inside the ring which was also recovered. (Both crayfish were released back into the sea).

“The operation was made difficult by the rope mostly extending underneath the whale forcing the sea rescue boat, at times, to have to get up and on top of the whale in order for us to reach the rope, but all the while, as we made the progress with the incisions on the rope, the whale was reasonably cooperative!”

The whale is freed and swims off...

Once the rope was cut the whale swam off strongly and fully extending its torso to its full length as it dived and looking completely comfortable in its element. Only a few minor lacerations and scrapes were observed on the otherwise healthy looking whale. The operation was completed by 15h30.

***All PHOTOS courtesy of Andrew Ingram from the NSRI

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IndyCar Series 2012

Round 11: Edmonton – July 22 2012

Sato Second in Thrilling Edmonton Finish

Takuma Sato

In his strongest IZOD IndyCar Series performance since May’s Indianapolis 500, Takuma Sato chased eventual race winner Helio Castroneves throughout the final 20 laps at the Edmonton Indy, finishing less than one second behind for the best result of his IndyCar career.

Starting third, Sato joined early race leader Alex Tagliani and Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti in a 1-2-3 Honda train at the front of the 25-car field, through the first round of pit stops. By half-distance in the 75-lap race, Castroneves had joined the lead pack, while Tagliani went on to lead a race-high 49 laps.

The final round of pit stops saw Castroneves, Tagliani and Sato all running nose-to-tail, but Tagliani ultimately faded to a fifth-place finish. Over the final laps, it was Sato challenging Castroneves several times during every tour of the 2.5-mile temporary airport circuit. But Castoneves, with a bit more of his “push-to-pass” options in reserve for the finish, was able to hold off Sato’s advances by just over eight-tenths of a second at the checkers.

Takuma Sato

Graham Rahal came on strong in the second half of the contest to pass both fellow Chip Ganassi Racing driver Franchitti and Tagliani in the closing laps and finish fourth, his third top-four result of the season. Tagliani held on for fifth, his best result of the season as the Bryan Herta Autosport team continues to improve after a mid-season switch to Honda power.

Franchitti battled handling issues to finish sixth, with Texas race winner Justin Wilson ninth for Dale Coyne Racing and Scott Dixon overcoming an early race electronics problem to round out the top 10 for Honda and Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

IndyCar Series

Round 11: Edmonton

Takuma Sato finished 2nd

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)

2

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)

3

Will Power (Team Penske)

4

Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)

5

Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport)

6

Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)

7

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

8

Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)

9

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

10

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)

11

Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)

17

Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)

19

Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)

20

Simon Pagenaud-R (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)

25

James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)

 

 

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2012

Round 09: Italy – July 15 2012

Pedrosa Second at Mugello, Bradl A Brilliant Fourth

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) maintained his World Championship challenge with a strong ride to second place behind Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) in the Italian Grand Prix. Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP RC213V) enjoyed a remarkable ride to fourth place, missing out on his first premier-class podium by just 0.046 seconds.

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC213V) had a challenging end to a difficult weekend, completing the race in eighth place after running off the track during the middle stages of the race.

Pedrosa tried everything he knew to deal with Lorenzo. However, his fellow Spaniard was too strong today and he had to be satisfied with second place, which continues his unbroken run of a podium finish at all nine races so far. With nine races done and nine to go, Pedrosa sits second overall, 19 points behind Lorenzo.

After scoring a brilliant pole position yesterday, Pedrosa led into the first corner, but ran wide and Lorenzo slipped through on the inside. During the early stages Pedrosa kept up the pressure and even closed the gap with a new lap record just before half-distance. After that the former 125 and 250 World Champion had some issues with wheelspin and rear chatter, so he was unable to give chase to Lorenzo, who gradually built an insurmountable advantage.

Bradl’s ride was simply astonishing. This was the reigning Moto2 World Championship’s ninth race on a big bike, but he held third for much of the 23 laps, keeping the vastly experienced Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha) behind him, lap after lap. Dovizioso did eventually find a way past, but even then Bradl did not give up, fighting back and then shrugging off a last-lap attack from Nicky Hayden (Ducati) to cross the line just behind his Italian rival. It was his best MotoGP result so far, bettering fifth-place finishes in France and in the previous week’s German GP.

Stefan Bradl

Stoner had an unhappier time. He struggled throughout practice to get heat into his rear tyre, qualifying fifth quickest. After a steady start to the race he started chasing down the leading group, only to run off the track at the Correntaio right-hander just before half-distance. He was unable to make the corner after experiencing some headshake exiting the previous corner, which knocked the brakes pads away from his RCV’s front disc brakes, so he had no brakes when he first squeezed the lever. A long ride through the gravel trap relegated him to tenth place, from which he recovered two positions.

Stoner stays third in the championship, now 37 points behind Lorenzo. Interestingly, he has so far only used two of his allocation of six engines, while most other riders are already on their third or fourth engines.

Alvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC213V) rode conservatively to a tenth place, giving the Spaniard a useful points haul after a torrid two days of practice during which he slid off on three occasions.

Michele Pirro (San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR-Honda) was a non-finisher, going out with the same technical glitch that ended his Qatar and German GPs.

MOTO2
Andrea Iannone (Speed Master – Speed Up) stormed to a brilliant victory in the Moto2 race, bringing the home crowd to its feet as he stole the lead from Pol Espargaro (Pons 40 HP Tuenti-Kalex) at the start of the final lap. The Italian took his second victory of the year – his first came at Catalunya – by just 0.90s.

Thomas Luthi (Interwetten-Paddock-Suter) finished third, less than a second back and just 0.128s ahead of Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing – Tech 3). Championship leader Marc Marquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol-Suter) came home in fifth spot, his first finish off the podium this year, but the Spaniard still holds a comfortable lead in the thrilling Honda-powered series: 34 points ahead of Espargaro and Iannone, who are now tied on points.

It was a typically hard-fought Moto2 race, with some breathtaking passes and some fascinating slipstreaming battles on Mugello’s long main straight.

Marquez was the early leader, then Luthi went ahead and then Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team-Kalex), the Japanese rider having his best outing in a while. But being in front meant little at this stage, with up to a dozen riders breathing down the leader’s neck.

Espargaro made it to the front for the first time on lap 14 of 21 after tangling with Luthi in the first esses. A lap later Marquez’s challenge went awry when he nearly lost it at the same spot. After that he decided to score points, rather than risk a crash.

Espargaro was in astonishing form over the next few laps, building a 1.3s lead in just two laps. But local hero Iannone had the Spaniard in his sights and remorselessly closed the gap. Espargaro was also suffering from the right ankle injury he sustained the day before when he was taken out by another rider.

Iannone dived inside Espargaro at turn one on the final lap, while Luthi ran wide and lost crucial metres on the leaders, which nearly took him back into the clutches of Smith.

Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team-Kalex) rode a brilliant race, crossing the line a fraction of a second behind Marquez after being down in tenth place at quarter distance. Nakagami ended up seventh, just 4.4s behind the race winner.

MOTO3
Maverick Vinales (Blusens Avintia – FTR Honda) won a brilliant Moto3 race – one of the best races so far from the already reliably entertaining new category. The first three riders over the finish line were covered by just seven hundredths of a second!

Maverick Vinales

Spanish teenager Vinales beat Italian teenager Romano Fenati (Team Italian FMI – FTR- Honda) by a slender 0.02s, with Sandro Cortese (KTM) in third, a further 0.051s back. His fifth victory of the year moved Vinales to within nine points of Cortese, who had taken the championship lead at last Sunday’s German GP.

Six of the first eight bikes home were Honda-powered bikes, with Niccolo Antonelli (San Carlo Gresini – FTR Honda) leading the second group in fourth place, just ahead of Danny Kent (KTM), then Efren Vazquez (JHK T-Shirt Laglisse – FTR Honda) in sixth and Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0.0 – Suter Honda) in seventh. Jakub Kornfeil (Thomas Sabo GP Team – Honda) led home the third group in eighth position.

The race for the lead was a classic Mugello slipstreaming battle, with seven riders in the front-running group, chopping and changing at every corner. Then at three-quarters distance Vinales upped his pace, dragging Fenati and Cortese with him.

Cortese grabbed the lead as the trio attacked turn one for the 20th and last time, only to be immediately muscled back to third by the two Honda riders. Fenati now led, but Vinales swept back in front at Arrabbiata One. Cortese dived back into second place at the final turn and then it was a drag race to the chequered flag, won by Vinales by millimetres.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix – 
Round 09: Italy

MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa gets 2nd Place in Mugello

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)

2

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

3

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

4

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)

5

Valentino ROSSI (Ducati Team)

6

Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

7

Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)

8

Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)

9

Hector BARBERA (Pramac Racing Team)

10

Alvaro BAUTISTA (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

11

Ben SPIES (Yamaha Factory Racing)

12

Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)

13

Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)

14

James ELLISON (Paul Bird Motorsport)

15

Mattia PASINI (Speed Master)

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Andrea IANNONE (Speed Master)

2

Pol ESPARGARO (Pons 40 HP Tuenti)

3

Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten-Paddock)

4

Bradley SMITH (Tech 3 Racing)

5

Marc MARQUEZ (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol)

6

Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)

7

Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)

8

Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag-CIP)

9

Claudio CORTI (Italtrans Racing Team)

10

Johann ZARCO (JIR Moto2)

11

Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)

12

Randy KRUMMENACHER (GP Team Switzerland)

13

Nicolas TEROL (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2)

14

Julian SIMON (Blusens Avintia)

15

Ricard CARDUS (Arguinano Racing Team)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Maverick VINALES (Blusens Avintia)

2

Romano FENATI (Team Italia FMI)

3

Sandro CORTESE (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

4

Niccolo` ANTONELLI (San Carlo Gresini Moto3)

5

Danny KENT (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

6

Efren VAZQUEZ (JHK Laglisse)

7

Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

8

Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta)

9

Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (AirAsia-Sic-Ajo)

10

Hector FAUBEL (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)

11

Niklas AJO (TT Motion Events Racing)

12

Alexis MASBOU (Caretta Technology)

13

Adrian MARTIN (JHK Laglisse)

14

Kevin CALIA (Elle 2 Ciatti)

15

Michael Ruben RINALDI (Racing Team Gabrielli)

 

 

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012

Round 09: Brno – Czech Republic – July 22 2012

Rea and Aoyama Out at Brno

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) had a tough day of competition in the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship races at Brno in the Czech Republic, after a collision with another rider while in a podium position in race one and then fighting hard against traction issues to take a top twelve finish in race two.

Marco Melandri (BMW) won both races at Brno, to close the gap to championship leader Max Biaggi (Aprilia) significantly.

Rea had been sixth in Superpole qualifying, a good result considering his recent lack of track data at Brno, and he looked set for a possible podium place until he fell while trying to pass race leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) at the apex of a corner when Sykes had started to drift wide, three laps from the end. The riders collided, Rea fell and Sykes carried on to score second. Rea was 12th in race two after he experienced a severe lack of edge grip and his combined Brno results dropped him to fifth overall in the championship standings.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) was taken out in race one when Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki) fell under braking and both bike and rider pushed Aoyama wide, eventually causing him to fall. In race two a technical issue prevented Hiroshi from finishing the race. He is now 17th in the standings.

In the championship contest Biaggi has 271.5 points, Melandri 250.5 and Sykes 212.5. Carlos Checa (Ducati) has 204.5 and Rea 187.

SUPERSPORT
Parkes On The Podium As Lowes Scores Well

Broc Parkes

Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) put in a podium performance at the eighth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship, taking third place in the Czech Republic to boost his confidence for the final few races of the season and his overall points total.

Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) was one place behind Parkes in fourth in a dramatic race at Brno, but Lowes is still the closest challenger to championship leader and second place rider today, Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki).

The race was started then red flagged because of a start line incident and in the restart eventual race winner Fabien Foret (Kawasaki) put in a front running performance until the 14th lap, when Sofuoglu passed him, with Parkes right behind. At that point sixth place rider Ronan Quarmby suffered a big highside, and with his machine stranded on the track and almost on the racing line, the race was red flagged. With results going back to the 13th lap, Foret was declared the winner, Sofuoglu second and Parkes third. It was Broc’s second podium finish of the season.

Lowes worked hard to get to a top four place at what is not one of his favourite circuits and he is now 23 points behind Sofuoglu in the current rankings, 137 to 114. Foret is third on 108 and Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda), who was fifth today at Brno, sits fourth on 95. Parkes is fifth on 82.

Quarmby was credited with sixth in the classification today because of the count back of one lap rule in a red flagged race and that score puts him eighth in the points.

Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) treated the Brno race as a home round and was 19 seconds from the winning time, in 12th place. The only remaining Honda points scorer was Valentin Debise (SMS Racing Honda) in 14th place today.

Raffaele de Rosa (Lorini Honda) was 16th, Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) went 17th, and Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) 19th. Despite starting behind the pace car for the second start of the WSS race, Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) finished two places from last, in what was a lonely race for the most part.

Roberto Tamburini (Lorini Honda) and Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka Honda PTR) crashed out of the race, while Massimo Roccoli (Kuja Racing Honda) and Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) each had to retire, Scholtz with a clutch issue.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
 – Round 09: Brno – Czech Republic

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)

1

M. MELANDRI (BMW S1000 RR)

2

T. SYKES (Kawasaki ZX-10R)

3

L. BAZ (Kawasaki ZX-10R)

4

C. CHECA (Ducati 1098R)

5

E. LAVERTY (Aprilia RSV4 Factory)

6

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia RSV4 Factory)

7

L. HASLAM (BMW S1000 RR)

8

M. FABRIZIO (BMW S1000 RR)

9

M. BERGER (Ducati 1098R)

10

J. SMRZ (Ducati 1098R)

11

C. DAVIES (Aprilia RSV4 Factory)

12

A. POLITA (Ducati 1098R)

13

N. BRIGNOLA (BMW S1000 RR)

14

L. CAMIER (Suzuki GSX-R1000)

15

J. HOPKINS (Suzuki GSX-R1000)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

2

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

3

C. CHECA (Althea Racing)

4

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)

5

E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)

6

C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)

7

L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

8

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

9

L. CAMIER (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)

10

M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

11

D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)

12

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

13

J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)

14

J. HOPKINS (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)

15

M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

Supersport

Broc Parkes in 3rd Place in Brno

Rank Rider (Team)

1

F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)

2

K. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki Lorenzini)

3

B. PARKES (Ten Kate Racing Products)

4

S. LOWES (Bogdanka PTR Honda)

5

J. CLUZEL (PTR Honda)

6

R. QUARMBY (PTR Honda)

7

S. MORAIS (Kawasaki Lorenzini)

8

S. CRUCIANI (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki Itali)

9

V. IANNUZZO (Power Team by Suriano)

10

V. LEONOV (Yakhnich Motorsport)

11

R. LANUSSE (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)

12

G. TALMACSI (PRORACE)

13

F. MARINO (MSD R-N Racing Team India)

14

V. DEBISE (SMS Racing)

15

L. MARCONI (VFT Racing)

 

BOAT REVIEW

Chaparral 244 Xtreme: 
Making Waves in a Big Way (courtesy of BoatTEST.com)

Chaparral 224XTREME

Who would have thought that a company known for making luxury sportboats and small cruisers could ever have a chance in the ski/wakeboard market? But that’s exactly what happened when Chaparral came out with its Xtreme line-up. The 244 Xtreme has both a deep-V bottom and ballast bags which together can make a huge wake.  Then, there is Xtreme’s striking styling.  Make no mistake about it, Chaparral is not just kidding with its intention of competing in this highly specialized market.

To read the whole review on the Chaparral 244 Xtreme click on the link: http://www.boattest.com/boats/boat_video.aspx?ID=2718

BOATING TIP FOR THE MONTH

Understanding the Danger of Propeller Strikes (courtesy of BoatSafe.com)
 
Did you know?

  • A typical three-blade propeller running at 3,200 rpm can inflict 160 impacts in one second.
  • A typical recreational propeller can travel from head to toe on an average person in less than one tenth of a second.
  • Most propeller accidents CAN be prevented!

What Can You Do?

  1. Wear your engine cut-off switch lanyard and your life jacket at ALL times. If the lanyard is removed from the switch, the engine will shut off.
  2. Assign a passenger to keep watch around the propeller area of your boat when people are in the water.

Safety Tips

  • Before starting your engine, walk to the stern and look in the water to make certain there is no one near your propeller (people near the propeller may not be visible from the helm).
  • Never allow passengers to board or exit your boat from the water when engine(s) are running – even at idle and in neutral your propeller may continue to spin.
  • Educate passengers about the location and danger of the propeller(s).
  • Call attention to the potential dangers of the propeller to any of your crew who may be going into the water to swim, ski, tube etc.
  • Be especially alert when operating in congested areas and never enter swimming zones.
  • Take extra precautions near boats that are towing skiers or tubers.
  • Never permit passengers to ride on the bow, gunwale, transom, seat backs, or other locations where they might fall overboard.
  • Children should be watched carefully while onboard.
  • Establish clear rules for swim platform use, boarding ladders, and seating (if possible, passengers should remain seated at all times).
  • If someone falls overboard, STOP! Then slowly turn the boat around, and keep the person in sight as you approach. Assign a passenger to continuously monitor the person in the water. Turn your engine off FIRST and then bring the person to safety.
  • NEVER reverse your boat to pick someone up out of the water. If necessary, go around again.

 

WWF HONDA MARINE PARKS PROGRAMME

Wild Coast Marine Protected Area’s get MPA Capacity Development Training

WWF - Morgan's Bay Training Group

Capacity development for Marine Protected Area (MPA’s) personnel and community members living adjacent to these MPA’s has been a priority focus area for the WWF Honda Marine Parks Programme. Since the inception of the programme, over 138 personnel and community members have already received some form of MPA management related training that enhances the competence of responsible individuals and institutions with respect to their management of MPAs and thereby builds capacity for the management of MPAs in South Africa.
The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) indicated that they needed to familiarise new staff with MPA issues and to capacitate community members likely to participate in co-management committees in the various provincial nature reserves that adjoined MPAs. In response to this need, a five day introductory MPA management training course was developed and recently held at Morgan’s Bay within the Eastern Cape Province.  Funding for this training was provided through the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund and Wildlands Conservation Trust. Ten personnel from the Pondoland, Hluleka, Dwesa-Cwebe and Amathole MPA’s attended the training together with eight community members from these MPA’s. This is the first time this introductory course has been held in South Africa.
The training sessions were facilitated by Dr Peter Fielding and Judy Mann and included formal assessment sessions together with general group tasks and discussions and topic related games and activities. The group work sessions proved to be extremely positive as they required contact between individuals from different organisations, of different ages and from different places. This resulted in an exchange of ideas, the building of relationships and networks between different management agencies, and between management agencies and community groups. Furthermore, this broadened the understanding of the problems experienced by the different groups and they are particularly useful for sharing experiences and exchanging information. During the games sessions, participants built a rocky shore ecosystem and a food web.
Almost everyone attended the course because they hoped to improve their knowledge of the marine environment or because they wanted to learn about managing MPAs and the course met the expectations of everyone. All participants said that the training helped them greatly from understanding that poaching was a serious issue through to being able to think more broadly, helping with community issues and being able to plan better and understanding how to monitor better.

The participants themselves appeared to enjoy the course, feedback was very positive, and all of them worked hard to complete their allotted tasks.   Eight of them achieved the allocated credits and were clearly pleased with their results.