THE ALGOA BAY PROJECT
Working together for our oceans
The project consists of two phases. Phase 1 aims to collect data on and model the biophysical and governance systems in the Bay. Phase 2 aims to address the socio-economic system, and tie all three systems together in an overall model that can inform marine spatial planning decisions in the Bay.
Marine Spatial Planning in South Africa
Through Operation Phakisa, launched in 2014, South Africa is committed to unlocking the economic potential of our oceans. Current single-sector planning can lead to unsustainable practices and conflict between different activities. Instead, integrated planning can promote sustainable activities and maximise socio-economic benefits while ensuring environmental protection.
The Marine Spatial Planning Bill, published by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in 2017, calls for the development of a Marine Spatial Plan for the South African maritime domain to ensure a productive, healthy and safe ocean that is accessible, understood, equitably governed and sustainably developed and managed for the benefit of all.
Phase 1 and 2 of the Algoa Bay Project are further sectioned into 4 sub-projects
STUDY AREA FOR SUB-PROJECTS 1-4
Marine boundary = Outer limit of the territorial sea (red line in Figure below)
Western boundary = Western edge of Sardinia Bay MPA to the outer limit of the territorial sea
Eastern boundary = Cannon Rocks to the outer limit of the territorial sea
Landward boundary = as for the National Biodiversity Assessment (below)
STUDY AREA - LANDWARD BOUNDARY
The landward boundary extends beyond the permanent vegetation line to include coastal features (physical and biological) that have strong marine connections in structure or function.
This includes: coastal vegetation types, estuaries, coastal lakes and wetlands, foredune ecosystems, stromatolites, sandy beaches, rocky shores, mixed shores, boulder shores, kelp beds, reefs, inshore hard grounds, gravels, sands and muds, and islands.
12 nm Territorial seas
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
STUDY AREA - PORT LIMITS
We are pleased to share the recent success of several Community of Practice (CoP) members who presented on the Algoa Bay Project at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Borneo. The CoP members presented in their own Symposium, which will be published in the conference Proceedings in Frontiers in Marine Science. Below are their abstracts and respective presentations.