SA marina launches succesful wildlife management program
South Africa’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has launched a successful wildlife management program that is helping keep seals and otters off boats in the V&A’s blue flag marina.
Seals – and more recently otters – are a popular tourist attraction at the Waterfront, which is a South African boating hub and growing superyacht maintenance and repair hub. However, the animals are not welcome aboard boats, some of which have been damaged.
Damage to two boats at Cape Town’s nearby Granger Bay marina prompted a visit last week from one of the programme stakeholders to address boat owner concerns. “The otters in the Waterclub are wreaking havoc,” said a notice on a popular Cape Town boating social media group. “They have now visited my boat twice in two weeks and caused proper destruction.”
Seals were also regularly clambering aboard luxury yachts at the V&A marina until the Waterfront appointed dedicated wildlife monitors, which chase seals back into the water. The Waterfront has also constructed floating seal platforms that double as seal disentanglement centres – divers are able to safely approach the seals beneath the platforms to use a ‘sneak and snip’ method of removing entanglements.