Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) is a non-governmental organisation recently created in Walvis Bay, Namibia, with the primary objective to put an end to the entanglement of marine wildlife along the Namibian coast. Naude and Katja Dreyer established Ocean Conservation Namibia in 2020 with the primary objective to help entangled seals and other marine animals along the Namibian coast. Their modus operandi combines investigation, direct action and education in order to maximise the impact on this issue and they hope to motivate individuals all over the world to change their own behaviour towards a sustainable future.
Namibia is one of few countries in the world to specifically address habitat conservation and protection of natural resources in their constitution. In 2020 and 2021, Naude and his team rescued over 1200 seals from entanglement. This is a massive feat, yet the team still encounter entangled fur seals along their area of coastline in Pelican Point, Namibia almost every day. With this problem escalating at a worrying rate, OCN are in need of vital funds to continue their efforts, and provide vital rehabilitation care, which they currently don’t have the facilities for. The OCN team consists of several dedicated activists led by Namibian conservationists Naude and Katja Dreyer, who started rescuing seals more than nine years ago at Pelican Point.
Over 680.000 subscribers follow OCN’s rescue videos every day on YouTube. Each view, comment and share has helped to create more awareness for the seals’ dire situation and the general condition of their oceans through the global reach of social media. OCN does not receive any help from the government, all seal rescues are funded through private donations from all over the world and the sales of merchandise. With now over 150.000 subscribers, they have been able to create massive awareness for their situation. The more support they get, the easier it will be to change the conditions for the seals.