South Africa | Local fishers gathering scientific data for Betty's Bay MPA
As the sun creeps above the Kogelberg mountain range, subsistence fisher Nicholas Taylor and four other men expertly maneuver the five-meter Clementine off the boat trailer and into the water. Soon, they’re chugging across the calm waters of the Atlantic as the town of Kleinmond on South Africa’s southwestern coast recedes into the distance.
When they reach the Betty’s Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA) an hour later, they get to work. But rather than dropping lobster nets as they would have in the past, today they’re lowering baited remote underwater video stations (BRUVs).