The Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) announced that 66 Blue Flags will be flown at 46 beaches, eight marinas and by 12 sustainable tourism boats around South Africa over the 2018/19 Blue Flag season.
Now in its 31st year, the Blue Flag programme is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness, and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management.
To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria spanning four aspects of coastal management must be met and maintained: water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.
Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year, and practise effective and efficient conservation management.
As in previous years, the Western Cape achieved the highest number of sites – with 30 beaches, 12 boats and seven of the eight Blue Flag marinas.
The Eastern Cape has been awarded one Blue Flag Marina site, and retained its seven beaches, while Kwa-Zulu Natal has been awarded nine Blue Flag beaches.
This year 24 beaches across three provinces have been awarded ‘pilot status’ and throughout the 2018/19 Blue Flag season WESSA said it will work with beach managers stewards from these pilot beaches towards the longer-term goal of achieving full Blue Flag status.
|Silwerstroomstrand||City of Cape Town|
|Clifton 4th||City of Cape Town|
|Camps Bay||City of Cape Town|
|Llandudno||City of Cape Town|
|Muizenberg||City of Cape Town|
|Strandfontein||City of Cape Town|
|Mnandi||City of Cape Town|
|Bikini||City of Cape Town|
|Melkbosstrand||City of Cape Town|
|Fish Hoek||City of Cape Town|
|De Bakke||Mossel Bay|
|Klein Brak||Mossel Bay|
|Robberg 5||Bitou (Plettenberg Bay)|
|Lookout||Bitou (Plettenberg Bay)|
|Robberg Express||Offshore Adventures||Plettenberg Bay|
|Whale Whisperer||Dyer Island Cruises||Gansbaai|
|Oyster Catcher||Ocean Odyssey||Knysna|
|Apex Predator||Great White Shark Tours||Gansbaai|
|Megoladon I||White Shark Ventures||Gansbaai|
|Whale Song I||Whale Song Ventures||Gansbaai|
|V&A Waterfront (Cape Town)||V&A Waterfront|
|The Water Club (Cape Town)||The Water Club|
|Harbour Island (Gordons Bay)||Harbour Island|
|Yachtport SA (Saldanha)||Yachtport SA|
|False Bay Yacht Club (Simon's Town)||False Bay Yacht Club|
|TIHOA (Knysna)||Thesen Islands|
|Thesen Harbour Town (Knysna)|
|Marina||Ray Nkonyeni (South Coast)
|Dolphin||Kouga (Jeffreys Bay)|
|Humewood||Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth)|
|Kariega||Ndlambe (Kenton on Sea)|
|Kelly’s||Ndlambe (Port Alfred)|
|St Francis Bay Canals||St Francis Bay Riparian Home Owners Association|