German Dolphin advocates hope to support sustainably protecting threatened marine mammals in South of Africa with the help of its partners from Mozambique. DolphinCare-Africa (DCA), a dolphin and sea protection organization based in Mozambique, is the new partner of society to save the dolphins (GRD, Munich). Immediately on the border with South Africa, in Ponta do Ouro, works DCA for the protection of resident populations of marine mammals for many years. DCA carries out education and information campaigns such as beach cleanup. Also a rescue network for the stranded marine mammals was built.
That since 1996 are held, continuous dolphin watching in almost 250 by DCA staff photo-identified dolphins reflected. The sea at Ponta do Ouro is still comparatively rich populated. Among other things one encounters here humpback dolphins, bottlenose and spinner dolphins. Also the spectacular humpback whales, as well as no less impressive whale sharks migrate regularly through. However, the large biodiversity has its downsides. Tourists from South Africa are attracted in droves, and every year there will be more, with negative effects on the marine life.
Still, the whale-watching tourism in Mozambique expires largely unregulated. Proceed often completely inconsiderate of operators operating in South Africa, to facilitate their guests as close as possible to dolphin contacts. The Dolphin group are pressed at the same time, chased by several boats with jet skis, and under water, often completely untrained divers try to touch the animal or pet. Dolphins, whales, sea turtles, whale sharks and other marine animals are on the seafront at Ponta do Ouro, as almost all coasts of the African continent – until on the situation off Somalia, where the mischief of piracy keeps also the fishing trawler of the industrialized nations, in particular the EU – also due to uncontrolled fishing and habitat destruction. In Ponta rampant tourism complicating factor is do Ouro. On the establishment of Rules DCA is committed for gentle whale watching and the establishment of protection zones, that the tourism sprawl does not distribute the animals from their habitats. The GRD hopes now on much support to sustainably protect the endangered marine mammals in the southern of Africa with the help of their Mozambican partners. U. Karlowski