Marine Conservation in Mozambique June 2013

Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by Hannah Darrin

Request for information: whales in Barra, new video from MMF, fishing museum approved, and lots of new research about great white sharks

Welcome to the June 2013 edition of Marine Conservation in Mozambique. If you are not already on our mailing list please subscribe here. You can also help by forwarding this newsletter to anyone who might be interested in helping us with the conservation of marine life in Mozambique. If you have any stories you’d like featured in July’s newsletter then please email us!

Eyes on the Horizon: BarraMany thanks to the eyes in Barra, we have had many reports from the busy holiday destination in the last month.On the 4th of June, there were reports of a 3m adult dugong being pulled up near to Isla de los Porcos. If you or anyone you know has more information about this incident we need all the evidence both narrative and photographic that we can get. If you have further details contact us here.In the middle of the month a zebra shark was caught and interestingly the fins were left on the beach. This is a curious incident and shows that the fishermen involved are merely subsistance fishermen not influenced by the shark fin trade.

Zebra shark or Leopard shark
Lastly, and perhaps most concerning, has been the report of whaling operations, receiving international attention, happening off the coast of Barra. We at Eyes on the Horizon, have been alerted to the matter, however the photographs received are inconclusive about what is shown. We have nonetheless sent a report to the Ministry of Fisheries to ask for a search to be conducted on the fishing habits and movements of the vessel caught in the images. To send the most accurate reports we need the best information possible. If you have more information about the time the alleged harpooning occurs, as well as an approximate GPS point, this is the remaining information needed to fill a full report. We will notify our readers if there is further information on the matter. Thank you, and keep your Eyes on the Horizon.Eyes on the Horizon: Tofo
A rare sighting here, but one of the majestic aspects of the marine life in Inhambane Province. A pod of orca whales, Ocrinus orca, the largest member of the dolphin family. About 10 individuals were seen including a large male – distinguished by the tall straight, dorsal fin. Well spotted Tofo Scuba.
Orca whales
Come to the beach on July the 6th to help with a beach clean-up at Tofo beach. Meet in the market at 8:00 am. If you want to learn more about plastics in the ocean check some of these organisations: Plastic Soup FoundationBalloons BlowThe Plastiki Expedition and Tofo’s own ALMA.
Eyes on the Horizon: VilankulosMore charismatic species have been sighted out of Vilankulos last month. Including a small-eye stingray.
Small eye stingray
You can help Vilankulos’s netting problems by reporting any sightings of gill nets within the park, or any dugong sightings. Boat and aerial patrols will be conducted to determine where gill nets are located and faciliate correctional actions by the park enforcement.