Penguins in collab

2017-12-05 06:00

A management protocol to protect penguins is being put into place.

The protocol comes after the City of Cape Town signed a memorandum of agreement with Sanccob for collaboration on the management of the African penguin population on City-owned land in Simon’s Town.

Part of this agreement includes the implementation of the penguin monitoring protocol that has been developed between the City, Sanccob and Sanparks, explains Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South).

The details of the protocol were presented at a recent subcouncil 19 meeting.

As the penguin colony was situated on land owned by different organisations, the need arose to have a protocol in place between these stakeholders, officials explained at the meeting.

The agreement was signed in July and will be in place for three years, Andrews adds.

“The memorandum of understanding outlines the responsibilities of each party. Sanccob will appoint a site coordinator, who will be seconded full-time to the City to manage the project. Sanccob also funds and has appointed four penguin monitors who will work in the area,” he says.

Boulders BeachThe City will oversee the implementation of the agreement and the general management of the area outside Boulders Beach, and has provided the funding for the site coordinator, tools and equipment, a vehicle and office space.

“With increasing evidence that the African penguin population is facing possible extinction, the success of all breeding birds becomes increasingly important. As a result, direct intervention by the City in the direct management of the area is essential to meet our requirements as stipulated in the 2013 Department of Environmental Affairs biodiversity management plan for the African penguin.”

The City has identified Sanccob as a strategic partner in penguin conservation, Andrews says.

“Sanccob is best placed to provide scientific, research-based advice and guidance on penguin management. They are also the primary seabird rehabilitation centre and all African penguins requiring rehabilitation are sent to them,” he says.

“Sanccob will assist the City in ensuring that the penguin monitoring protocol is implemented correctly and that all data is recorded, stored, analysed and reported on correctly.”

The partnership will ensure appropriate day-to-day management of the penguin colony, and encourage collaboration between all ­stakeholders.

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