Coastal Programme (#ShareTheShores)
Nestled on either side of Nature’s Valley and Plettenberg Bay are two marine protected areas (MPAs), signifying the high ecological importance of marine biodiversity in the area. At the same time, the region is used extensively for tourism, and recreational fishing is a popular leisure activity. With growing tourism numbers, conflict with coastal biodiversity is bound to happen. The NVT research team runs several important research programmes to enable a better understanding of tourism’s impact on coastal ecosystems. This understanding allows better management to ensure responsible use and long-term availability of these resources for all. Supporting this, the NVT conservation education team designs and implements high-profile intervention and awareness programmes to inform visitors of the rich biodiversity found on the beaches and how we can all #ShareTheShores. The NVT’s coastal programme currently has two active projects: a shorebird monitoring project and a marine debris project.