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More than 200 conservationists and avifauna experts from all over the world were in Cape Town last week to participate at the 9th International Penguin Congress (IPC) where penguin biology, ecology, health and behaviour and ongoing research around these topics was discussed, as well as current and emerging conservation issues.


The congress provides a forum for all concerned with Penguins to create a strategic global effort on behalf of these threatened species. The event was organised by a local committee headed up by CapeNature’s Dr Lauren Waller and includes representatives from the University of Cape Town, the Department of Environmental Affairs, the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), and the University of Bristol. Internationally renowned speaker and ocean advocate Lewis Pugh opened the conference.

More about the outcomes of this conference in the October issue of Fishing Industry News Southern Africa