Chance to view SA Agulhas II

2016-05-12 06:00
;Aboard the SA Agulhas II will be some members of the Marion 72 expedition team, as well as a host of researchers and scientists.                Photo: LULAAMA ZENZILE

;Aboard the SA Agulhas II will be some members of the Marion 72 expedition team, as well as a host of researchers and scientists. Photo: LULAAMA ZENZILE

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The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will host the annual SA Agulhas II Open Day this Saturday, 14 May, in Port Elizabeth.

The open day will highlight the Department’s work in the ocean and coastal environment, and will also provide a guided tour of the vessel, from its state of the art laboratories, to the Miriam Makeba Lounge.

Aboard the ship will be some members of the Marion 72 expedition team, as well as a host of researchers and scientists from DEA and tertiary institutions who have done research in the ocean and on the island for the past 14 months.

Marion Island is a volcanic island that forms part of South African territory and was proclaimed as a Special Nature Reserve Status in 1995.

This year, also marks 50 years of research and adventure on South Africa’s Sub-Antarctic Island.

There will also be exhibitions and displays by DEA and its stakeholders in the maritime industry.

( -Heilie Combrinck)

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