Living in a town as beautiful as our little haven, comes with great responsibility. Its important that we know how to preserve our marine life and that comes from understanding what and where our Marine Protected Area (MPA) includes. Let’s Keep Knysna protected!
Goukamma was proclaimed an MPA in the 1990’s, which is just 10 Km west of Knysna. It consists of an approximate 15 Km of coastline, which extends right from Buffalo Bay to the Platblank area, and about 1 nautical mile out to sea (about 1.85km).
We are lucky enough to accommodate the breeding ground for the rare and protected African Black Oyster Catcher, which depend on us to keep the area preserved and healthy. We also have sea turtles such as the loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback. There are various species of fish, birds and sea mammals too. All of which deserve a clean and protected home.
The Goukamma MPA is protected by the CapeNature initiative, which works to ensure a sustainable and equitable supply of the provinces natural water resources. They have various projects and programmes that work towards keeping our home clean and protected. There are 2 other MPAs in the Garden Route area. These being Tsitsikamma MPA and Robberg MPA – feel free to check out more about them and how you can help by clicking here
Conserve. Explore. Experience.
Keep Knysna protected!