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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa 21 June – 30 June 2024
     

Plett Marine Science Symposium

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR SYMPOSIUM BOOKINGS.

1. Each of the 3 Symposium days is structured into SESSIONS
2. You cannot purchase individual presentation tickets, only SESSION tickets.
3. All SESSIONS are very well priced and we trust the new format will enhance your symposium experience.
4. Please take advantage of the discounted Day Passes, and the Full 3-day Symposium Pass.
5. Day 1 Pass - R500; Day 2 Pass - R600; Day 3 Pass - R600

Early Bird tickets are available on FULL 3-DAY SYMPOSIUM PASS only, at R1500 (Normal Price R1700) until 13 May 2024.

Download Programme
Day 1: Session 1 (R200.00)
Friday 21 June | 9 am - 10.45 am
Fri 21 Jun 09:00 - 09:25

When Dolphin Skulls Talk

Dolphin taxonomy - what the skulls tell us
Dr Sibusisiwe Ngqulana
Fri 21 Jun 09:30 - 09:55

Vagrant Seals Rescue

Stranding response and rehabilitation of seals
Dr Greg Hofmeyr
Fri 21 Jun 10:00 - 10:25

Tiny Turtle Storm of 2023

A day in the life of a Loggerhead hatchling
Ruth Wright
Day 1: Session 2 (R140.00)
Friday 21 June | 11.30 am - 12.45 pm
Fri 21 Jun 11:30 - 11:55

Cape Fur Seals Ashore

Top predators, the CFS, under the spotlight
Yvonne Sanders
Fri 21 Jun 12:00 - 12:25

Penguin Perspectives

An underwater world revealed by penguin-borne cameras
Prof Pierre Pistorius
Day 1: Session 3 (R200.00)
Friday 21 June | 2 pm - 15.25 pm
Fri 21 Jun 14:00 - 14:25

The Elusive Bryde's

Past, present, and future research on the Bryde's whales
Dr Gwenith Penry
Fri 21 Jun 14:30 - 14:55

Gentle Giants of the Southern Oceans

Baleen whale research in southern Africa
Dr Els Vermeulen
Fri 21 Jun 15:00 - 15:25

Dolphin Real Estate

Do different species compete for the same coastal habitats?
Dr Alejandra Vargas
Day 2: Session 1 (R200.00)
Saturday 22 June | 9 am - 10.45 am
Sat 22 Jun 09:00 - 09:25

Living on a seabird island

Cape gannet reseach and survival on Malgas
Dr Zanri Strydom
Sat 22 Jun 09:30 - 09:55

The Groot River Waterbird Ecosystem

Seasonal Dynamics of Waterbird Communities
Lauren Moriarty
Sat 22 Jun 10:00 - 10:25

A Walkabout with the African Black Oystercatcher

Factors affecting their density and distribution in the southern Cape
Mark Dixon
Day 2: Session 2 (R140.00)
Saturday 22 June | 11.30 am - 12.45 pm
Sat 22 Jun 11:30 - 11:55

Agent of Change

Zandile Ndhlovu of the Black Mermaid Foundation
Zandile Ndhlovu
Sat 22 Jun 12:00 - 12:25

Eavesdropping on the Humpback Dolphin

Using bioacoustics to monitor Indian Ocean humpback dolphins
Sasha Dines
Day 2: Session 3 (R200.00)
Saturday 22 June | 2 pm - 15.45 pm
Sat 22 Jun 14:00 - 14:25

Wild at heart

The life and times of a CapeNature Senior Marine Field Ranger in Plett
Chanel Visser
Sat 22 Jun 14:30 - 14:55

The Keurbooms Estuary Advisory Forum

And the associated municipal functions in managing the estuary
Anje Minne
Sat 22 Jun 15:00 - 15:25

Shifting Sands

A history of change of the Keurbooms estuary
Dr Eckart Schumann
Day 2: Session 4 (R100.00)
Saturday 22 June | 4.15 pm - 5 pm
Sat 22 Jun 16:15 - 17:00

Ocean Defenders at Work!

Oil and gas exploration - impacts and consequences
Liziwe McDaid & Neville van Rooy
Day 3: Session 1 (R200.00)
Sunday 23 June | 9 am - 10.45 am
Sun 23 Jun 09:00 - 09:25

Plett Shark Tales

Shark behaviors and diversity, and collaboration in research
Melissa Nel
Sun 23 Jun 09:30 - 09:55

Navigating Waves of Success: Plett Shark Spotters

The Journey to beach safety and symbiotic partnerships
Melissa Nel & Nicky Namntu
Sun 23 Jun 10:00 - 10:25

Shark Identikits

The use of dorsal fin photo-identification methods
Megan Maroen
Day 3: Session 2 (R140.00)
Sunday 23 June | 11.30 - 12.45 pm
Sun 23 Jun 11:30 - 11:55

Unveiling the Unseen

Blind estuaries and the genesis of sandbars
Mark Dixon
Sun 23 Jun 12:00 - 12:25

Smile and Wave - Plett sharks and rays

Stories of the diverse Plett shark and ray species
Dr Chantel Elston
Day 3: Session 3 (R200.00)
Sunday 23 June | 2 pm - 15.45 pm
Sun 23 Jun 14:00 - 14:25

Rewilding the reef one breath at a time

Reef biodiversity and productivity
Mark Dixon
Sun 23 Jun 14:30 - 14:55

The Ethical Dilemma of Human Intervention

Predator-prey dynamics of great white sharks and killer whales
Nico Booyens
Sun 23 Jun 15:00 - 15:25

To move or not, it's a whale of a problem

Whale carcass management in MPAs
Kyle Smith
Day 3: Session 4 (R100.00)
Sunday 23 June | 4.15 pm - 5 pm
Sun 23 Jun 16:15 - 17:00

Meet the Locals

Behind the scenes of the filming of BBC Planet Earth 111
Justin Blake