In celebration of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Day, SANParks unveiled a beautiful short film highlighting marine diversity. Watch…
SANParks showcases Table Mountain National Park’s marine diversity
Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Day was recently observed on 1 August, and the South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrated this year by highlighting the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area (TMNP MPA).
This particular MPA symbolizes nature’s resilience and human efforts to conserve marine diversity, SANParks said in a statement.
The conservation authority collaborated with the Sea Change Project to highlight the beauty and significance of the TMNP MPA through a short film.
By spreading awareness about the incredibly important role of MPAs in biodiversity conservation, sustainable fisheries, protecting coastal ecosystems, and preserving cultural heritage, SANParks says they want to inspire more people to help conserve our oceans.
SANParks Marine Biologist, Dr Alison Kock said that the MPA at Table Mountain National Park contains a remarkable diversity of marine life, boasting over 24 ecosystem types.
“A scientific review has identified that this underwater wonderland is home to at least 129 algae species, 687 marine invertebrate species, 46 shark and ray species, 149 fish species, 39 shorebird and seabird species, 16 marine mammal species and 3 marine reptile species. The abundance and variety of life within this protected area make it a true treasure trove of marine biodiversity and the jewel of the Great African Seaforest.” Kock said.
Watch the short film below: