SANPARKS - South African National Parks
South African National Parks is the body responsible for managing South Africa's national parks. SANParks was formed in 1926, and currently manages 19 parks consisting of 3,751,113 hectares, over 3% of the total area of South Africa. Many parks offer a variety of accommodations
OCEANS ALIVE CONSERVATION TRUST
Oceans Alive Conservation Trust together with SANPARKS and IUCN is working together on The Knysna Seahorse Project in the Knysna Estuary. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations and is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. The Knysna seahorse is considered to be a national treasure. It is South Africa's country’s only endemic seahorse and is one of only two endangered seahorse species in the world. Found in only three Southern Cape Estuaries (the Knysna, Swartvlei and Keurbooms Estuaries) the Knysna Seahorse is an iconic species for Knysna, South Africa and the world.
Oceans Alive Conservation Trust is the main contributor towards this project and we are using our very own Oceans Alive Maritime Training Academy Commercial Divers to capture data on the Knysna Seahorse that will be used to determine their status and what needs to be put into place for more protection. The Knysna Estuary is among the most heavily used water bodies in South Africa. Commercial development, recreational sports and sewage has unfortunately led to a decline in the health of the Knysna Estuary ecosystem and its rich biodiversity. By joining hands Oceans Alive Conservation Trust, SANPARKS and the IUCN are able to do a survey for the first time in 18 years.