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October Update: Our Permaculture Gardens, Bottlenose Dolphins, Scientific Training and Latest Marine Debris Data

Marine Debris Collections Update In collaboration with African Parks, the BCSS team collected marine debris at five dedicated locations in October. A total of 191,8 kg was gathered accumulatively, of which 72,3% came from beach habitats (sites A and B). Plastic debris (hard/soft plastic, PET, rubber, styrofoam) remains majority of litter at almost all sites, as it …

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September Update: Spectacular Humpback Behaviour, Interview with our Diving Manager Mauro and Schooling Hammerheads

New article: Spectacular Humpback Whale Behaviour Prior to Returning to their Feeding Grounds Our newest article, written by our in-house cetacean expert, Ekaterina Kalashnikova, focuses on the incredible humpback whale behaviour the team was lucky to witness in the last month. With the migratory peak in September, and given the population nearly doubled in size within the last …

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August Update: Giant Guitarfish Encounter, Best Season for Wildlife Watching, Interns’ Spotlight & Kisawa Sanctuary

Mario’s Lectures for the Ocean University of China Oceanographer and well-published scientist, Dr. Mario Lebrato, was invited to lecture at the Ocean University of China, located in Qingdao, as part of the university’s International Summer Course last month. Additionally, and as a member of the panel, formed by professors and politicians, Mario discussed various topics …

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July Update: Half-Yearly Marine Debris Report, Internships Opportunities, Blue Marlin Sighting and Permaculture

Now Available: Our Half-yearly Marine Debris Report In partnership with African Parks, BCSS collects marine debris at five carefully selected locations on Benguerra Island. The data gathered from the collections conducted from January until the end of June have been analysed and are now accessible through our half-yearly report. The team has spent a total of 72 …

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June Update: First Humpbacks Sightings, Interview with AISM, the ReMoTURB project and Wildlife Sightings

The Start of Humpback Whale Season As the humpback whale migration season is in full swing, our volunteers are privileged to have witnessed these majestic sea nomads in the waters of Bazaruto Archipelago last month. The BCSS team records sightings alongside spatiotemporal and environmental meta-data collection, and aims to shed more light on the occurrence, …

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May Update: New Paper on Gelatinous Plankton, Katya to Join the BCSS Team & Interviews with Volunteers

New Scientific Paper Published: “Gelatinous Carbon Impacts Benthic Megafaunal Communities in a Continental Margin” Last week, Frontiers in Marine Science published a paper led by BCSS’s Chief Scientist Dr. Mario Lebrato, alongside an international team of scientists. The paper, “Gelatinous Carbon Impacts Benthic Megafaunal Communities in a Continental Margin”, outlines how sinking ocean plankton (e.g. …

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April Update: Megafauna tagging, Earth Day and shark aggregations

World Earth Day We celebrate our planet Earth every day through conducting surveys, analysing data and monitoring the incredible wildlife that the Bazaruto Archipelago has to offer. As part of Earth Day, the team conducted coral reef exploratory surveys to understand the coral-macroalgae relation, as a result of increased observation of microalgae coverage on  coral reefs …

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March Update: Removal of trawling net, 3D printed reefs, new deep-sea lander and shark behaviour research

Large fishing net found and removed by BCSS team The BCSS team recently found a bottom trawling net in the Bazaruto Archipelago. The net measured 32m in length and was removed from the waters east of Bazaruto Island, as soon as the team spotted it. Trawling nets are detrimental to a vast amount of marine …

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February Update: Mission Blue declares Inhambane a Hope Spot, Marine Debris update and Devil Rays

Happy 2022! We are very excited to learn that our region, the Inhambane Seascape has been recognised as a Hope Spot. Benguerra Island, where our research station is located, is part of the Bazaruto Archipelago, which lies in the heart of the Inhambane province’s waters. Dr Sylvia Earle’s NGO, Mission Blue, acknowledged the work Mozambique …

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2021: Our Year In Review

Last year was an eventful year for us, with many highlights to celebrate: from new collaborations and partnerships, the establishment of an educational food garden at the Benguerra Island primary school, to sighting large groups of humpback whales and teaching volunteers and interns how we conduct marine science research.  January & February We ended 2020 …

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