Marion Island Positions to be Filled

Marion Island Positions to be Filled

Join the 80th Marion Island Overwintering Team!

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) is looking for suitable candidates to join the 2023/2024 Marion Island team.

The team will depart (on the research and supply vessel, S.A. Agulhas II) to the sub-Antarctic Marion Island in April 2023 and return in May 2024. 

Positions to be filled:

  • Communications Engineer/Technician
  • Electrical Engineer/Technician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Medical Orderly

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10 February 2023

Click on the link below to view the positions to be filled.

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Anche Louw, South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI), 06 February 2023

 

Happy World Wetlands Day

Happy World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day, is celebrated every year on 02 February. On this day, in 1971, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) was signed in Ramsar, Iran. 

World Wetlands Day is celebrated to toraise awareness and understanding of what wetlands are and how we can contribute towards restoring them through making conscious choices, becoming persuasive voices and taking bold actions” (read more here).

What is a wetland?

A wetland is defined as the land which is transitional between terrestrial and aquatic systems where the water table is usually at or near the
surface, or the land is periodically covered with shallow water, and which land in normal circumstances supports or would support vegetation typically adapted to life in saturated soil (1).

Why is wetland restoration so important? Listed below are a few benefits of wetland restoration:

  • Enhanced biodiversity
  • Improve water supply
  • Store carbon
  • Reduced impacts from flooding
  • Improve livelihoods
  • Enhance wellbeing
  • Protection of agricultural resources (1; 2)

Is your role in wetland restoration important?

Yes! Our individual and collective actions have an impact (1).

What can you as individual do to help protect and preserve wetlands? 

  • Participate in programs that help protect and restore wetlands.
  • Report illegal actions such as unauthorized wetland fill or dredging activities to government authorities
  • Pick up litter and dispose in appropriate trash containers. Keep surface areas that wash into storm drains clean from pet waste, toxic chemicals, fertilizers and motor oil, which can eventually reach and impair our wetlands.
  • Use native species when planting trees, shrubs and flowers to preserve the ecological balance of local wetlands.
  • Avoid wetland when you are expanding your house.
  • Use phosphate-free laundry and dishwasher detergents. Phosphates encourage algae growth, which can suffocate aquatic life.
  • Use non-toxic products for household cleaning and lawn and garden care. Never spray lawn and garden chemicals outside on a windy day or on a day that it might rain and wash the chemicals into waterways.
  • Enjoy the scenic and recreational opportunities wetlands offer, while preserving their integrity for future generations by minimizing the use of heavy equipment and staying in designated visitor areas where available (3).

Did you know that the South African Prince Edward Islands (Prince Edward Island and Marion Island) is declared as Wetland of International Importance?

The Prince Edward Islands was declared Wetland of International Importance: Ramsar Site No.1688, on 22 May 2007. The conservation and management of this site falls within the responsibility of the Directorate: Southern Oceans and Antarctic Support of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment.

 

 

Want to know about wetlands in South Africa?

Click on the posters to enlarge.

What’s been happening on Social Media

 

Sources:

1- https://www.worldwetlandsday.org/

2- https://www.dffe.gov.za/event/international/wetlandsday2013

3- https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/what-you-can-do-protect-coastal-wetlands

4- https://rsis.ramsar.org/ris/1688

5- https://alp.lib.sun.ac.za/handle/123456789/15327

6- https://blogs.sun.ac.za/antarcticlegacy/event/world-wetlands-day/

Anche Louw, South African Polar Research Infrastructure, 02 February 2023.

The Mouse-Free Marion Project is hiring

The Mouse-Free Marion Project is hiring

The Mouse-Free Marion (MFM) Project, a partnership between the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and BirdLife South Africa, plans to eradicate invasive mice from Marion Island. The project is gaining increasing momentum as we work towards an eradication operation, currently envisaged for the austral winter of 2025. There remains a lot to do between now and then, and the project is seeking to recruit some key positions for the project. These provide an exciting opportunity to be part of the project team working towards restoring Marion Island and reclaiming it for its globally important seabirds.

Current Vacancies: 

  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Administration and Finance Officer
  • Prospect Researcher.

More details on these vacancies can be found here.

With detailed post descriptions found here.

Application deadline: 17 February 2023

 

Text: Robyn Adams, Communications Officer and Project Assistant (The Mouse-Free Marion Project)

Image: Wandering Albatrosses, Marion Island. Photo: Otto Whitehead – supplied and edited by MFM

Text Edited and Featured Image Design: Anche Louw, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, SAPRI

Season’s Greetings from SANAP overwintering teams

Season’s Greetings from SANAP overwintering teams

Personnel at the SANAE IV Station, Marion Island Research Station, and at the Gough Island Station wish everyone a happy festive season.

SANAE IV, ANTARCTICA

Check out the S61 team

 

Marion Island

Check out the M79 team

 

Gough Island

Check out the G68 team

 

We would also like to wish the SANAP overwintering teams a happy festive season!

 

Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 24 December 2022

On their way to Antarctica: Meet the 62nd SANAE Overwintering Team

On their way to Antarctica: Meet the 62nd SANAE Overwintering Team

The S.A. Agulhas II is expected to depart to Antarctica today, 15 December 2022.

The 62nd South African National Antarctic Expedition team (SANAE 62) is on board the vessel. The S62 team with be replacing the S61 team during this Antarctic relief voyage.

62nd South African National Antarctic Expedition team (SANAE 62)

Bon Voyage to all on board the S.A. Agulhas II.

Anche Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 15 December 2022

 

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