The Baywatch Port Elizabeth Project
Nelson Mandela Bay Yacht Club, Dom Pedro Jetty, Port Elizabeth/Gqeberha, South Africa
Ecotourism, Research group
Marine conservation, Ecotourism, Marine conservation awareness and education, Protection of marine life, Marine pollution, Plastic pollution, Cetaceans, Marine research, Education, Penguins
Raggy Charters offers guided tours, led by conservationist, wildlife educator and marine safari specialist Lloyd Edwards, to see whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, penguins, and other marine in Algoa Bay. In addition to the marine education element, using funds generated by the ecotours, they run a number of conservation and research projects through the Baywatch Marine Conservation Project. These include advocating on behalf of and protecting the penguin colonies on St Croix Island and sharks in Algoa Bay, reducing plastic pollution via beach cleanups and educating on the subject, and educating the locals youth in particular on the importance of marine life. Cetaceans are another focus, specifically humpback whales, with the Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whales Migration Routes of particular interest, working with the World Cetacean Alliance. Raggy Charters' Welcoming the Whales to Algoa Bay Festival is an annual event, in 2021 in its fourth year, with the whale festival concept expanding along the coastline of South Africa.