Marion IslandNewsPrince Edward IslandsPromoteSouthern Ocean

South Africa’s sub-Antarctic weather station on Marion Island has joined with the station on Gough Island to help raise awareness of next year’s inaugural World Albatross Day on 19 June 2020 by displaying a banner. Both islands are inhabited by teams from South Africa’s National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) which include marine ornithologists who are studying […]

AntarcticaMarion IslandPreservePrince Edward IslandsPromoteSANAE

World Heritage Day, South Africa, Marion Island, Antarctica, Maps

World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention […]

Marion IslandNewsPrince Edward Islands

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs has the responsibility to manage the Prince Edward Islands (PEIs) as a Special Nature Reserve under the National Environment Management Protected Areas Act (NEMPAA 2013). According to NEMPAA 2013, the Department may establish an advisory committee to assist the Department with the management and conservation of the PEIs. […]

Marion IslandNewsPrince Edward Islands

South Africa has established a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) to help conserve marine biodiversity and support the sustainable use of its marine resources, including around its sub-Antarctic possessions, the Prince Edward Islands in the southern Indian Ocean in 2013 (click here). The South African Mint has this year commemorated the establishment of the […]

EventsPrince Edward Islands

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) will be hosting a workshop to evaluate the means and methods of inclusion of the Prince Edward Island’s marine habitats and biodiversity into the 2018 National Biodiversity Assessment. This inclusion presents an opportunity to create an updated spatial understanding of marine biodiversity at the islands, and therefore an […]

AntarcticaBouvet IslandGough IslandMarion IslandPrince Edward IslandsSouthern OceanSub-Antarctic

An Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos unusually broods two downy chicks on Gough Island; photograph by Michelle Risi, 15 December 2015.  Full story here. Southern Africa, generally well covered by books on particular groups of birds, now has a seabird book to fill a notable gap and join existing books on game birds, water birds […]

Marion IslandNewsPrince Edward IslandsSub-Antarctic

Marion Island’s Ship’s Cove: is this where alien House Mice first got ashore in the early 1800s? Michelle Greve (Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Pretoria) and colleagues have published a review of the 48 terrestrial alien species currently present on the Prince Edward Islands, including Marion Island’s House Mice Mus musculus in the […]

AntarcticaGough IslandMarion IslandPrince Edward IslandsS.A.Agulhas IISANAESouthern OceanSub-Antarctic

The South African National Antarctic Programme, 2018 – 2020 The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) invites applications to an OPEN CALL for a three-year funding cycle (2018-2020). All application materials must be submitted electronically via the NRF Online Submission System. All applications must be endorsed by the research office of the principal investigator before submission to the […]

Marion IslandPrince Edward IslandsS.A.Agulhas IISub-Antarctic

An Afrikaans article about two Marion Island Overwintering Team members. Janine and Stefan Schoombie were part of the 72nd Overwintering Team (2015 – 2016) on Marion Island. In this article they share more about their experiences during the 14 months on this cold, windy and wet sub-Antarctic island. Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, […]

Marion IslandNewsPrince Edward Islands

Today is World Wetlands Day. The Prince Edward Islands are the first Ramsar sites in the sub-Antarctic. References: Ramsar. https://rsis.ramsar.org/ris/1688 South African National Antarctic Programme. www.sanap.ac.za  Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 02 February 2017.