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IMT, SA Navy host False Bay feedback meeting

by Selwyn Bergman
on 15 Nov 2011
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

The Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT), in conjunction with the South African Navy's Environmental Office hosted a public feedback meeting discussing various environmental activities undertaken in False Bay

Members of the public who attended the session benefitted from presentations given by representatives of the Navy, IMT, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Scientific Services branch of the City of Cape Town (CCT-SS).

Rear-Admiral Louw of the SA Navy, gave an overview of False Bay with an emphasis on the involvement of the Navy in the area. The overview detailed the historical and current aspects that influence the navy's activities.

Howard Waldron of the Oceanography Department at UCT, presented a discussion on a prominent ocean colour front that was established in False Bay. His presentation contrasted the differences and similarities in water samples taken on each side of the front and he detailed his attempts to isolate the source of one of the water masses involved.

Carl Wainman, of IMT, presented some of the results obtained through a research programme in the Simon's Bay area that has been in existence since 1999. The 11 years of data collected since that time can now be used to determine long term trends of various elements in the bay.

Mjikisile Vulindi of the CCT-SS, gave an overview of the general health in False Bay. He detailed the formulation of some of the benchmarks utilised, that according to which ocean health is gauged. E. Coli and Intestinal Enterococci and commonly used to provide information about ocean health and the advantages and disadvantages of each were discussed. The performance of some of the popular beaches around False Bay according to those benchmarks were then presented.

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