In 2000 the reality of the Coega Project and the possible threat to the marine ecosystem raised many issues amongst conservationists and the business sector. With the increased shipping traffic in Algoa Bay, the threat of an oil spill or indiscriminate dumping became a mounting concern.
As a result, SAMREC, the South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre Trust was established. The centre offers the visitor a unique and interesting insight into the marine life of Algoa Bay and the challenges it faces. Today the centre rescues all marine life but concentrates primarily on birds, specifically the endangered African Penguin.
Our SAMREC Sea School educates the general public and marine coastal users about the need for the centre and the dangers facing marine life.
Schools and organisations visit us for lessons on a variety of topics ranging for the plight of the penguin to the insects of the Cape Recife Nature Reserve to the struggles of the shipwreck survivors. Through the exploration of the rock pools and coastal environment and the use of visual aids such as posters, taxidermy specimens and dress-up clothing the children are involved and thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Rescue, rehabilitate, release and educate
We have launched a 4-prongeded attack and our aim is:
To form and maintain an effective coastal network to respond to any standings To rescue and rehabilitate animals in need of help and where possible, return them to the wild. To be prepared to respond to a major oil spill and rehabilitate any compromised marine life. To provide research facilities and opportunities to scientists and veterinary specialist To create awareness for the need for coastal conservation To educate the public on how to care for our great asset and to save it for future generations