Marine ecosystems

Infographic series: marine and waste – source to sea, reduce your footprint, trash-free oceans

These fun, informative infographics will help you learn how to reduce the waste that often ends up in our oceans. 

Infographic: Fisheries

This beautifully illustrated infographic shows how important our fisheries are to our well-being. 

Infographic: Marine Protected Areas

This infographic explains what a Marine Protected Area is and why they are so important

Lesson plan and presentation – Marine Month and food chains (Grade 6): one hour

What are ecosystems and food webs? Why are ecosystems and food webs important to us? In this lesson plan and presentation, you’ll learn methods to help you identify threats to ecosystems and solutions to these threats, and find out how ecosystems and the food web are created.

Poster series Marine Endangered Marine Birds

This series of three posters will give you all the information you need about three endangered marine bird species including the African penguin, Cape comorant and Cape gannet.

Poster: Marine - Rocky Shores

Learn all about what rocky shores are and who lives there. Teachers can use this poster as a source of information on different types of ecosystems. 

Presentation: Exploring life underwater – our marine biodiversity

Marine biodiversity is the variety of plant and animal life that we find in the oceans and seas. Marine biodiversity must be preserved because it creates jobs through tourism, provides raw materials for medicine and acts as a food source for both human beings and other animals. 

Presentation: Marine Biodiversity - The Fabulous Forms of Fish

There are some 2 600 species of fish in our seas including 270 families of fishes represented in South Africa, equivalent to 83% of all marine fish families known. Strikingly, up to 13% are endemic, ranking amongst the highest anywhere else in the world.

Presentation: Marine Biodiversity - World Fisheries Day

World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on the 21st of November to highlight the importance of fish stocks in our oceans. Fishing provides food and jobs for people and in return boosts a country's economy. 

Presentation: Marine Month - grade 6 - food chains and food webs

October is national Marine Month. This month is dedicated to celebrating our marine life. Did you know that our oceans produce more oxygen than the Amazon rainforest? They control our climate and give us food. Discover how we can protect our marine ecosystems for the health of the planet – and ourselves.

Presentation: Marine Month and Legislation

Learn about the marine laws that govern and protect our marine environments