NRF Community of Practice

Algoa Bay Marine Spatial Plan

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Towards South Africa's first Marine Spatial Plan 

The project consists of two phases. Phase 1 aims to collect data on and model the biophysical and governance systems in Algoa 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.

SUB-PROJECTS

Phase 1 and 2 of the Algoa Bay Project are further sectioned into 4 sub-projects 

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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) 

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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.

Landward Boundaries Vegetation Types CRO
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12 nm Territorial seas

STUDY AREA - PORT LIMITS

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PROGRESS

Shore

pHASE i oUTPUTS

Project Outreach

· 15 Journal Articles

· 1 Policy Brief

· 13 International Conferences

· 8 National Conferences

· 2 Technical Reports

· 7 Science Communications

Relevance to MSP Framework

· Understanding stakeholder landscape

· Conservation Plan for Algoa Bay

· Working within the legal framework

· Testing context driven co-development process

Capacity Development

· 9 Female and 9 Male Team leaders

· 10 Postdoctoral and Emerging Researchers

· 16 PhD Candidates

· 15 MSc students

Engagement

· 6 membership meetings & workshops

· 9 Algoa Bay Project workshops, including stakeholder meetings

New discoveries and advances

· 2 distinct epibenthic communities not currently defined.

· Several new species of benthic macrofauna in rocky reef habitats 35-55m deep (Fig 2); incl. the sponges Tsitsikamma michaeli (Fig 3) and Tsitsikamma nguni (Parker-Nance et al. 2019).

· Several new bioactive compounds discovered from sponges collected in the Bay (Kalinski et al. 2019).

· Phyto– and zooplankton sampling for Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) monitoring & biodiversity database updates.

· Important nutrient input sites identified (e.g. Swartkops & Sundays Rivers, sewage outfall sites, coastal islands, Alexandria dunefield and upwelled water).

· 5 manuscripts addressing the legal landscape of the Marine Spatial Planning Act (Act 16 of 2018).

· Systematic Conservation Plan for Algoa Bay.

pHASE iI pLANS

Approved from July 2020

· Develop a fine-scale socio-economic plan and associated spatial data for Algoa Bay

· Draft a regional Marine Spatial Plan for Algoa Bay which includes:

· Continued bio-physical research

· Assess impacts of climatic and anthropogenic challenges to a growing blue economy (HABs, sea level rise, plastic pollution etc.).

MEET THE MEMBERS

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COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE PARTICIPANTS

Rosemary Dorrington (RU; SAIAB)
Amanda Lombard (NMU)
Thomas Bornman (SAEON; NMU)
Janine Adams (NMU)
Hayley Cawthra (Counsil of Geoscience; NMU)
Shaun Deyzel (SAEON; NMU)
Wayne Goschen (SAEON)
Kennith Liu (UFH)
Jacques Mahler-Coetzee (UFC)
Gwynneth Matcher (SAIAB; RU)
Christopher McQuid (RU)
Shirley Parker-Nance (SAEON; RU)
Angus Paterson (SAIAB)
Renzo Perissinotto (NMU)
Francesca Porri (SAIAB; NMU)
Michael Roberts (NMU)
Bernadette Snow (NMU)
Patrick Vrancken (NMU)

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CONFERENCES

ALL ABOUT OUR BAY

LECTURES

View The Nelson Mandela University Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Amanda Lombard entitled: So long, and thanks for all the fish (a hitch-hiker's guide to saving the seas).

Delivered on 30 October 2018.

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NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY CONTACTS

algoabayproject@mandela.ac.za

NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY, OCEAN SCIENCE CAMPUS

 

 

RESEARCH CHAIRS CONTACT

taryn.smit@mandela.ac.za

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