World Oceans Day -It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our oceans are healthy for future generations.

Our oceans are in crisis! Overfishing, climate change and pollution are all contributing to the destruction of ecosystems and marine biologists are seeing the extinction of marine species. Looking more closely, we can see the devastating effect of industrial fishing practices which began back in the 1950s. With the development of technology, global fish populations have been plundered. 90% of the oceans’ large predatory fish, such as tuna, swordfish, marlin and sharks, have been taken from our oceans. Climate change has also had a severe effect. Polar regions are melting and air pollution has increased the acidity of our oceans. Marine biologists have recorded increases in seawater temperatures and sea levels are rising. Both these factors are causing changes in ocean currents which are putting marine animals and fish in danger.

World Oceans Day is celebrated on the 8th of June and provides an opportunity to think about how we can protect our shared oceans. Morukuru Ocean House and Morukuru Beach Lodge are supporting this global initiative by hosting beach clean-up weekend on 12 + 13 July 2019. Pollution sadly is everywhere these days and even remote and pristine places like the protected De Hoop Nature Reserve are affected by it. In an attempt to protect the precious and vulnerable flora and fauna in the reserve, Morukuru Family De Hoop and Morukuru Goodwill Foundation have planned a beach clean-up around Koppie Alleen in De Hoop Nature Reserve. People have become interested in nature conservation and if possible would like to contribute to it as well and give back whilst on their travels. In return for their hands-on assistance during the weekend, guests have the opportunity to spend 2 nights at Morukuru Beach Lodge or Morukuru Ocean House at highly reduced rates. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival and by working together we can protect our shared ocean.