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uShaka Sea World education volunteers and staff on a field trip.

On the 19th July some of the uShaka Sea World education volunteers and staff enjoyed a day exploring the Zinzi Fish Farms in uMtinzini and closer to home, the Umlalazi Mangroves.

Neil Stellard kindly took the group on a guided tour through the fish farm which, like uShaka Sea World, relies on well points to supply fresh sea water to their growing Kob.

It was most fascinating to witness the complexities of fish farming and see how the juvenile fish are grown out. Although the brood stock consists of only 6 adults, they manage two breeding cycles each year by controlling the salinity and temperature of the water. At 18 days the juveniles are separated into different ponds to reduce bullying and cannibalism.

After leaving the fish farm they headed to the Umlalazi Mangroves where Mary Basson from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spoke about the impacts and challenges facing the mangroves.

Not only are these excursions most enjoyable but they help the volunteers and staff by expanding their local marine awareness.
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6 days ago

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uShaka Sea World Education Outreach

Between the 29th July and the 3rd of August the uShaka Sea World Outreach team visited 6 primary schools and 5 high schools in the Amajuba district (north western corner of KZN). Each and every one of the 1479 learners in the schools they visited were not only a joy to teach but the classrooms overflowed with energy and enthusiasm.

The primary schools lesson focused on sustainable oceans, the benefits of recycling and the differences between renewable and non-renewable resources.

The grade 9 learners, who need to make subject choices before they enter grade 10 next year, benefitted enormously from the presentation on marine careers.

Mrs Nomathemba Zulu, Curriculum Support Services Centre Manager in the Amajuba district, thanked us for visiting the learners in her district.
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