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Avatar of inke inke - 14. December 2017 - Environment

The immature Kelp Gull had a fish hook in its nostril with fishing line and a sinker attached to it. The bird had flown out to sea and nearly drowned in the waves. The gull washed ashore and was saved.

Namibia´s entire coastline is a protected conservation area. Four National Parks border each other to protect the flora and fauna, as well as the unique desert landscape from the high tide mark on the beach, up to 100 kilometres inland.

From the Oranje River to Lüderitz, one will find the Sperrgebiet National Park. From Lüderitz to Swakopmund the area is protected by the Namib-Naukluft Park. From the Swakopmund River to the Ugab, serves as the Dorob National Park. And from the Ugab to the Kunene, the Skeleton Coast Park. Some areas, like the Dorob National Park and the Lüderitz Peninsular Recreational Area are open to the public to enjoy the beaches and fishing. But most people seem to forget that they are in a conservation area where certain rules have to be adhered to.

One of them is to take your rubbish back home and to dispose of it there, or in designated rubbish drums. Nobody should leave any fishing line, any plastic, any bottles or paper on the beach, in the desert or any other place. Plastic is a serious problem worldwide and thousands of seabirds and marine animals die because they think plastic pieces are food or they get entangled in plastic bags, fishing lines or nets. Mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and fish die due to the plastic. Insects and reptiles can fall into plastic or glass bottles or containers and die. Paper and plastic bags are blown into the desert by strong winds and the landscape becomes polluted.

We should all play our part to keep Namibia and especially our parks clean: for us, for our tourists and most importantly for future generations. This will also be to the benefit of a lot of animals, which will be spared and avoid injury because of humans. 

Please do not litter.

Dirk Heinrich

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1 comments

Eliaser

20. December 2017

Mr

Good article Dirk.


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