Hope Spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean. Some of these Hope Spots are already formally protected, while others still need defined protection. Plett has been recognised as one of 50 Hope Spots around the globe. The programme’s ambassador and founder, Dr Sylvia Earle, has set up an alliance to explore and care for one of our most precious resources.
Plett is recognised as an area of outstanding marine beauty with a rich diversity of life above, on and below the waves, a place where children learn to explore and protect their beaches, a place where tourism thrives, a sanctuary for some and a livelihood for others.
The key is trying to balance the positive economic benefits with the potential negative environmental impacts. By establishing more formally protected areas along our coastline, we are in a much better position to preserve and protect the very resources that will be affected.
Marine Protected Areas has been shown to provide critical habitats for many reef fish and acts as a nursery ground for juvenile fish, enabling them to grow and reproduce without the risk of being disturbed, polluted or worse, caught before they have a chance to breed. These areas are crucial for supplementing areas that are targeted, ensuring that populations are constantly replenished
“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet – we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won’t get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.”- Dr Sylvia Earle
(Information contribution: www.mission-blue.org)