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Research Dives.

Our survey results between January 2018 and October 2019 showed that snagged fishing tackle from recreational fishing does pose a Ghost Fishing threat to inshore reef fish.

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Strandloper Project Play list.

If you have just learnt about the Strandloper Project and want to find out more, watch this play list of videos of our research since January 2018.



Research Expedition 2021
Finding a solution for recreational fishing pollution


Gericke's Point


Expedition 2021.

Having surveyed a combined 415km of the Southern Cape coastline in our 2019 and 2020 expeditions, this year we will be planning for a section of coastline further afield. Currently our plans are to survey from Blombos Nature Reserve and hike westwards to Cape Agulhas, an approximate distance of 165km which will take us through De Hoop Nature Reserve, past Arinston and to the Southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas.


Expedition Dates

Our current plans are to start hiking from the western boundry of the Blombos Nature Reserve on the 8th October and to finish at Suiderstrand on the 20st October, a 13 day trek along a mix of rocky shoreline and sandy beaches.


Map SPE 21


Two Oceans

At Cape Agulhas, we technically reach the devide between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans where the warm Agulhas Current yeilds to the cold Benguela Current.




Mapping Trash Distribution.

For locals that take regular beach hikes in the Garden Route, it has become apparent that certain types of plastic pollution washes up at specific locations on the shoreline.

By mapping the location of various categories of plastic found on the hike we will able to link it to possible sources from which they leak into the ocean.

Of particular interest will be the shoreline flanking Witsand and the mouth of the Breede River. As a river that is nearly 340kmlong and passes though more than 4 major town in the Overberg, it will be interesting to see the extent that plastic litter enters the ocean through this river.

Breed River mouth

Baseline Survey.

Plastic pollution and fishing debris will be documented using our three survey methods on our CyberTracker App. The three surveys are :

  1. Dirty Dozen transect,
  2. Bottle Transect
  3. Incidental Sighting
  4. Nurdle density
  5. BRUV survey
  6. Reef survey

Incidental sighting cover both pollution, fishing activities and marine fauna seen. We will be adding a few more fields for our data collection, specifically the incidental sightings of plastic debris to indicate if the items are terrestrial or ocean derived.


Social Media.

We will again provide daily FaceBook video updates on our progress and finding each morning of the expedition.

To complement our FaceBook updates, we will post on Instagram and you can follow our posts by searching for the #Expedition2021 and #SPE2021

School Participation.

With the global social ramifications of the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, at this stage we are hesitant to include school group participation in our 2021 expedition. We will however re-evaluate the situation as we get closer to the departure date.

Live Tracking.

We have a Spot tracking unit for our 2020 expedition and our progress will be able to followed live. Track Here


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