Responsible Tourism Week has ended, and the Two Oceans Aquarium has ensured that Cape Town’s stellar reputation for ethical and sustainable tourism received a good polish.
We have all become aware of how our actions affect the environment although The Two Oceans Aquarium has sought to foster an eco-friendly culture among holidaymakers.
The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of Cape Town’s prime tourist attractions and a portal into the diverse marine life that the Indian and Atlantic oceans are home to. This aquatic haven at the V&A Waterfront boasts over 3000 live animals, among which are sharks, fish, turtles and penguins.
In the name of the safety of our two ocean’s diversity of species, the aquarium urges South Africans to join in the world’s third annual Responsible Tourism Week by spreading consciousness about what they are doing to conserve our planet.
As an organisation, they believe that accountable responsible Tourism Week has and should continue to be about lending some support to the smaller players in the industry, “bringing to light the great strides that have been taken in unexpected ways by unlikely players”. Their call to action is simple: start spreading the word to your peers about an issue that will eventually contribute to our well-being as a species.
Cape Town residents and visitors of all ages flock to The Two Oceans Aquarium throughout the year, so it is essential that, as a travelling society, we support them by raising awareness of environmental issues for their many noble initiatives. The Aquarium’s conservation efforts around the Cape Peninsula includes a mission to improve their Heritage Environmental Rating score and the selling of water bottles that are 100% environmentally friendly at Shoreline Cafe (the first African restaurant to pursue Marine Stewardship Council certification), which is closely linked to their promotion of sustainable seafood choices.
Their passion is not lost on the public as The Aquarium recently received calls from concerned citizens regarding sunfish washing ashore on Cape Town beaches. It is not surprising, then, that in January this year, the One&Only Hotel and other V&A Waterfront tenants treated the Two Oceans Aquarium team as an authority and notified them of a large fish trapped in the marina canals. The team carried out a rescue mission on what turned out to be an ocean sunfish that had become stuck in the canals over the weekend.
It is safe to say that a The Two Oceans Aquarium is a team of educated, determined and considerate environmental heroes, based at the tip of the African continent where two mighty oceans meet.