Namibia has a precious Cape fur seal population of more than one million individuals all along its coast. These seals are under the threat of illegally abandoned fishing gear and other marine debris that entangle, torture and kill them.
The aim of the 100 Seals For Time campaign is to catch, disentangle and release one hundred seals before the thirty-day time cap of the campaign, expose to the world the consequences of plastic pollution and work on longer term solutions to protect the Namibian precious marine ecosystems.
Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) is a non-governmental organisation recently created in Walvis Bay, Namibia, with the primary objective to put an end to the entanglement of marine wildlife along the Namibian coast. Our modus operandi combines investigation, direct action and education in order to maximise our impact on this issue. #100sealsfortime will be our very first campaign.
Our international team of six dedicated activists is led by Namibian conservationist Naude Dreyer, who started rescuing seals on his own more than five years ago at Pelican Point, Walvis Bay.
The budget of this thirty-day direct-action campaign has been evaluated at 10 000 US dollars and will cover the costs of our daily patrols on the beaches, the purchase of our custom-built rescue equipment (catching nets, lassos and multi-tools), the necessary personal protective equipment for each rescuer, our accommodations and travel to some of Namibia's very remote seal colonies. All six OCN team members will be volunteering their time and efforts during the whole operation.
Please donate and give us the opportunity to have an impact on the Namibian marine ecosystems but also aspire to change mentalities around the world and inspire others to act when facing an injustice towards an individual.
Immerse yourself in OCN’s first campaign, consult our website and follow our adventures on our social media pages! We will share with you daily photographs of our actions and weekly video blogs relating the preparation, the attempts, the struggles and the successes of this first of its kind endeavour.