We need your help
As the only seal rescue centre in the Western Cape, we need your help to continue caring for injured and orphaned seals.
Our monthly costs are R62,500 which includes:
Marine plastic debris is one of the most pressing environmental concerns facing the world today. Animal entanglement, microplastic ingestion, bioaccumulation of toxins, endocrine system disruption in humans - these are just a few of the devastating effects that plastic pollution has on us and the environment. Our oceans are choking.
More than 8 million tonnes of discarded plastic ends up in our oceans every single year. Once it is there it doesn't readily go away.
"Up to 80% of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic. At the rate at which we are dumping items such as plastic bottles, bags, cups and straws after a single use, by 2050 we will have more plastics in the oceans than fish." - Erik Solheim, Head of United Nations Environment
There are two sources for this waste - land-based pollution, such as plastic blown into the sea from a littered beach or washed into the sea by stormwater, and ocean-based pollution which comes from garbage disposed of at sea by ships and abandoned and lost fishing gear.EFFECT OF PLASTIC ON WESTERN CAPE MARINE LIFE
Seal entanglement is a big problem on the Western Cape coastline. A very active fishing industry around Hout Bay and about 15 000 Cape Fur Seals from Duiker Island are competing for the same fish. Seals are playful and curious animals by nature, and they will often end up playing with plastic rubbish and ocean pollution such as fishing line, fishing net, packing strap, plastic bags or any other item that made it's way into the ocean. Once entangled, seals cannot help themselves. As they grow, the entanglement will tighten around the seal's neck, flipper or mouth, leading inevitably to its gruesome death. All seal entanglements are caused by negligent human behaviourCONTRIBUTION FROM CAPE TOWN BUCKET LIST AND KAYAK ADVENTURES IN CONJUNCTION WITH HOUTBAY SEAL RESCUE CENTRE
Kayak Adventures from the Cape Town Bucket List Ocean Adventures (CTBL) Group, operates from Hout Bay and regularly hold a harbour clean-up to assist in alleviating the local plastic pollution. Several tons of plastic have been removed from the Hout Bay harbour in the last year.
CTBL is assisting the Hout Bay Seal Rescue Centre in rescuing injured seals and puppies and transporting them by boat to the centre for rehabilitation.
Donations can be made to the following bank account.
First National Bank (FNB)
Branch code: 255355
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
Account Number: 62846401579
Branch Name: My Branch
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