Dyer Island Conservation Trust
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Discover. Protect. Educate

Delivering unique conservation and research programs in the fragile and critically important marine Eco-system at the Southern-most tip of Africa.

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THE DYER ISLAND CONSERVATION TRUST was founded in 2006 by Wilfred Chivell. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust delivers unique conservation and research programmes in the fragile and critically important marine eco-system at the southern-most tip of Africa. Here we strive to protect the largest surviving colonies of the endangered African Penguin whose numbers are at an all-time low; the globally important breeding and calving grounds of the Southern Right Whale; and, the world's densest populations of the vulnerable Great White Shark.

Together with eco-tourism partners Marine Dynamics Tours - a shark cage diving company operational since 2005, and Dyer Island Cruises - a whale watching company operational since 2001, the Trust conducts valuable research, conservation and education. The companies hold Fair Trade in Tourism certification and employ marine biologists whose research is in turn supported through the Trust. The companies are essential in fundraising for the Trust.

Faces of Need Penguins

African Penguins are endemic to Southern Africa, occurring only in South Africa and Namibia where they breed mainly on offshore islands. The African penguin is classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Faces of Need Sharks

Great White sharks have been IUCN red listed since 1996, and Cites appendix II since 2004. They have been fully protected in SA since 1991.

Gansbaai has been established as an extremely important hotspot for Great White sharks and food is believed to be the main attraction to the area. In winter months (May - September), Geyser Rock, adjacent to Dyer Island, provides a banquet of juvenile Cape fur seals(Arctocephalus pusilus pusilus) born each year. Various fish species such as Geelbek, Snoek and Yellowtail are available in seasonal abundance, along with smaller shark species such as soupfin shark (also known as vaalhaai), upon which the Great White Shark feeds.

Fishing Line Bins

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) in association with Overstrand Municipality, Gansbaai Administration has established the Fishing Line Recovery and Recycling Program (FLRRP) along the Gansbaai shoreline, with specially designed disposal bins.

This innovative project aims to reduce the severe environmental damage caused by discarded fishing line on our coastline.


In conjunction with Dyer Island Cruises, the Nolwandle Crafts Project was a community development program initiated in 2006 as an initiative to provide employment for previously disadvantaged people in the local community. Fifteen women from the local township of Masakhane were provided with beading and craft training, which they now use to make sellable products, as means of becoming financially self sufficient. The training empowers these women as we are giving them skills which they can use to provide for themselves and their families.

Drum it up

In honour of Earth Day (April 22, 2008) we implemented our "Drum it up" recycling project. A complete station consists of 5 recycled metal oil drums. Each of the 5 drums are colour coded for a specific type of waste.

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July: Plastic Awareness Month

July: Plastic Awareness Month

Published: 06 Jul 2018
By: Dyer Island Conservation Trust

July is plastic awareness month, aiming at combating single use plastic items.

Turtle Strandings

Turtle Strandings

Published: 19 Mar 2018
By: Dyer Island Conservation Trust

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Kleinbaai will be the drop off point in Gansbaai for turtles. ...

March For The Penguins

March For The Penguins

Published: 18 Dec 2017
By: Dyer Island Conservation Trust

We are excited to announce our very first 5km fun run in aid of the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APS...

Nurdle Hunt

Nurdle Hunt

Published: 12 Dec 2017

Our DEEP kids went out Nurdle Hunting...

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