Kerry Sink

Title
Marine program manager
Department
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Address
32 Disa Avenue Kommetjie
City, State
Cape Town, Western Cape
Country
South Africa
E-mail
K.Sink[at]sanbi.org.za
Award Year
2016

Research

Designing 21 new marine protected areas in the waters off South Africa

Kerry Sink’s work focuses on expanding marine protected areas (MPAs).

MPAs cover less than half of 1 percent of South Africa’s waters, and more than 98 percent of its waters are under petroleum and mining leases. Still, there is support to create new offshore protected areas. A 2014 presidential initiative, Operation Phakisa, commits South Africa to safeguarding 5 percent of its marine waters by 2017. Twenty-one potential MPAs have been proposed, and the government has committed to identify an additional 5 percent of South Africa’s waters for protection by 2019.

Sink, Ph.D., is using her Pew marine fellowship to ensure that the proposed MPAs are designed to promote biological diversity and is working with key industry sectors to reach the goal of protecting 10 percent of South Africa’s waters. She is also conducting independent research to define, map, and make others aware of critical areas where MPAs would help conserve the nation’s ocean biodiversity.


To learn more about Sink, visit her bio online.

See the rest of the 2016 Pew Marine Fellows.