An Ocean wish

Janet Botes
Ink and acrylic on wood

The text roughly translates to “I wish for an ocean teeming with life, textures and flows with full power and beauty…”

In 2003 Professor Brian Allanson’s research in the Knysna Estuary uncovered a species of limpet in the which, since 1958, had only ever been found in Langebaan.

The Red Steenbras (Petrus rupestris) is endemic to South Africa and classified as Endangered, with its population decreasing, due to overfishing. It is a long-lived species that exhibits slow growth and late maturity. This species is an apex predator that occurs on sub-tidal reefs throughout its distributional range.

Dusky Grouper (Epinephelus marginatus) – Endangered – also has a slow growth rate and its its mode of reproduction make it vulnerable to over-exploitation.