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Know Your Estuaries


Project Duration: Long Term

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KwaZulu-Natal’s estuaries have ecological, recreational, resource-use, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic significance to their users and beneficiaries. Only relatively few of the 76 have been well-studied as holistic ecosystems, several have not been studied at all. Here is introduced each estuary, it’s type, location on the coast, the interim given name (pending official gazetting) and the name origin and aliases. For ease of comparison amongst systems, details of system morphology, catchment characteristics and a recent health status assessment is provided.

The Story Map below is an interactive tool providing information on KZN's 76 official estuaries. Use the panel on the left to scroll through for information on each estuary. To view the Story Map in a new window click on the blue button below right.

Estuaries Story Map




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Fiona MacKay

Clare Pillay