Creating Marine Awareness
1 October 2020
October is National Marine Month in South Africa and it creates awareness of South Africa's marine and coastal environments and the benefits that our oceans bring to our nation.
South Africa is nestled between two currents:
- -the warm Agulhas Current with rich ocean biodiversity, but not a large fish stocks
- -the cold Benguela system that supports large fisheries such as those focused on the small pelagic (anchovy and sardine) and the demersal (hake) stocks.
- These currents, in addition to the cold southern oceans, are key drivers of South Africa climate and rainfall conditions.
South Africa's different climatic zones, with its different biodiversities, agricultural and economic activities, are shaped by the availability of one of our scarcest resources, namely fresh water.
Rainfall patterns dictate many activities as it is vital to defining natural habitats and ecosystems. Oceans, being the primary producer of moisture to the atmosphere that eventually produces rain over the country, are therefore playing a critical role in shaping the socio-economic activities in our land.