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FSUCML Conservation Lecture Series – Enhancing Global Coastal Literacy in Florida
August 10, 2017
A Special Place and Special Time: South African Offshore Coral Reefs
Thursday, August 10th, 2017, From 7pm to 8pm
Free and Open to The Public at FSUCML Auditorium, 3618 US-98, St. Teresa, FL 32358
Refreshments available before talk
The South African coastline is 1,554 miles long and has an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that covers over 40,000 square miles. The Law of the Sea Convention grants to all of the world’s coastal nations special rights within their respective EEZs regarding the exploration and use of marine resources for food, minerals, and energy production from water and wind.
South Africa’s EEZ encompasses two distinct oceans — the Atlantic and Indian oceans — and is influenced by two critically important features– the cold Benguela upwelling and the warm Agulhas current. The resulting variety of habitats ensures that South Africa is home to enormous diversity in marine organisms, amongst the highest diversity in marine species per unit area globally.
Moreover the region has been relatively poorly studied to date and new species are reported regularly. During this talk, Zoleka will walk you through the uniqueness of South Africa and share with you some recent advancements in the country’s offshore marine research.