The National Department of Environmental Affairs has taken steps to protect the marine environment by increasing the oceans protected areas around the country’s mainland territory from 0.4% to 5%.
This is to ensure that the country's coasts are protected against poachers.
The department's Ocean Conservation Strategies director Gcobani Popose details how the new strategies will be implemented.
We as the Department of Environmental Affairs we have a memorandum of agreement with different agencies which are located on coastal the boundaries of this marine protected areas.— Gcobani Popose, Director - Ocean Conservation Strategies
All these different agencies are ready to assist us in terms of policing these marine protected areas.— Gcobani Popose, Director - Ocean Conservation Strategies
The problem that was identified is that we are not working together hence our successes are not much but now there's been a lot of improvement.— Gcobani Popose, Director - Ocean Conservation Strategies
Popose says there is a plan to also rope in community living near the coast to assist in reporting these ocean criminals to make sure our coasts are protected.
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