Who we are
Sustainable Seas Trust is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that supports and connects communities across Africa through research, education, enterprise development and growing awareness about ocean conservation and plastic pollution. We also build networks for sharing information and support focused on waste management. Through our events and projects, the African Marine Waste Network, Hope Spots and Marine Education, we are bringing like-minded and passionate people together, locally and internationally, to manage the issues of plastic waste in Africa.
Why our work is important: Africa has some of the most exquisite, biodiverse, and marine-rich coastlines in the world. We need to protect them. Waste-focused studies predict that by 2050 there will be more plastic littering Africa, and entering its seas, than on any other continent. This vast pollution, combined with habitat destruction and over-fishing, stands to collapse the ocean’s ecosystems. That is not only a threat to our environment/ oceans but also to humans. In addition, addressing poverty and human health is fundamental in the fight against marine pollution. Healthy communities lead to a healthy environment.
To grow a network of stakeholders in the conservation and waste-management sectors to facilitate best practices around the conservation of Africa’s seas and the management of waste at source before it flows into them.
SST protects Africa’s oceans through education on plastic waste, conservation and fostering enterprise development
African Marine Waste Network
Our AMWN works to develop better waste-management strategies in Africa and foster enterprise development.
These are marine areas of ecological and biodiversity significance around the world. There are six Hope Spots in South Africa.
Our programmes teach people about the coastal ecosystem and the effects of plastic pollution.
This is all that should be floating in the ocean
Plastic pollution has a huge negative impact on marine ecosystems. Our programmes work towards tackling plastic pollution at its source: on land.
From our Blog
We are partnering with the Afri-Plastics Challenge to inspire Africans to solve Africa’s waste problem!
Africa is facing a huge problem with waste. Current infrastructure is insufficient to process the waste we produce. Scientists project that by 2025, 10.5 million metric tonnes of plastic waste will be mismanaged on the continent and end up polluting and devastating...
[Copy provided by Amarein Fourie.] Researchers at SST were involved in a recent study to investigate the presence of plastic-related contaminants in mussels, as part of the Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa project, funded by The Norwegian Ministry of...
Bioplastics are becoming more and more popular, with plenty of items available as alternatives to conventional plastics, from bio-straws to shopping bags and cooldrink bottles. But what makes bioplastic different? Do all the “bio”-terms mean the same thing? And are...
In their October Newsletter, the OCS team celebrate another major milestone, recognise the efforts of those who joined ICC Clean-ups in NMB, and more.
Reflecting on the Economic Impact of Marine Plastic Pollution on Our Tourism Industry for Tourism Month
The link between tourism and plastic pollution is an important and strategic one for us to explore. In celebration of Tourism Month this September, Sustainable Seas Trust is partnering with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality: Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture...
We know that litter, pollution, and illegal dumping are all issues that plague our beautiful Nelson Mandela Bay in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). Unfortunately, mismanaged waste has far-reaching, devastating, and often unseen impact on human and ecosystem health, as well...