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African Penguin Biodiversity Management Plan Drawn Up

July 27, 2022

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

The Draft African Penguin Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) has been drawn up.

The forestry, fisheries and the environment department called for comment on the draft plan in Government Gazette 47061.

The proposed plan was drafted in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act.

In a statement, the department points out that the African Penguin BMP was reviewed to facilitate the continuation of modified and ongoing actions and consideration of new actions that aim to address emerging threats.

“The actions and threats include improving where possible access to available food for African penguins, population models to assess multiple threats on African penguins, reviewing the implementation and monitoring of predation management, at-sea threats, human-induced stresses, and the mitigation intervention on management processes implemented for ship-to-ship bunkering among others.”

The Biodiversity Management Plan for the African Penguin was put in place in 2013 due to the rapid decline of the species in the 20th century.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.