‘Man and Sea Week’: RTG is committed to activities to preserve natural resources in Israel

Large, carefully managed and supervised marine nature reserves are the right way to ensure the health and functioning of marine nature.

Dor Habonim Beach. Photo by Ran Peretz

Today, June 5, begins ‘Man and Sea Week’. As is the best tradition in recent years, this year too the Nature and Parks Authority will mark “Man and Sea Week” – a week of learning and increasing public awareness and commitment to the preservation of the sea and natural resources in Israel, which will take place from 5-12.6.21. During the week there will be activities in the marine reserves with a variety of tours, tutorials and activities on the subject. The event takes place nearInternational Ocean Day, Starting June 8th.

The importance of ‘Week of Man and Sea’ is in conveying the message that marine nature reserves are intended to ensure the health and functioning of Israel’s marine nature. The Mediterranean Sea is characterized by a variety of marine animals and plants and a special variety of underwater landscapes and marine archeology, while on the other hand it is operated on half fishing and half coastal and marine infrastructure and its future is in danger.

The Jubilee Survey

The Nature and Parks Authority, with the participation of researchers from Tel Aviv University, the Steinhardt Museum of Nature, University of Haifa, Marine and Lakes Research and the Ruppin Academic Center, has in recent years examined the state of nature values ​​in marine reserves: Rosh Hanikra, Shikmona, Dor Habonim and Gador. . The survey compares the reserves and the inspection sites outside them, in terms of the amount of fish, biomass and their sizes. The Bioblitz emphasizes the issue of fishing, one of the causes of the destruction of marine habitats and a significant reduction in the frequency of fish. In Israel, there is extensive fishing activity, significantly higher than what the sea can allow. But nature reserves, where the law prohibits the issue of fishing, actually preserve the fishery or have real potential to do so. This is noticeable in the Rosh Hanikra Nature Reserve, where the issue of law enforcement has been maintained for many years, which manages to protect the fishery.

This is evident in the biomass of all fish of the species that have commercial value. When focusing on the populations of rock stingrays, the flag species in the eastern Mediterranean, one can notice the abundance of stingrays and the prevalence of fish that are larger than the size of the breeding population. As part of the bioblitz that took place in the spring of this year, after the tar pollution that hit the shores of our country, many searches were conducted at the bottom of the Mediterranean, and the positive finding is that only two tar balls were found, in the Dor Habonim Reserve. On the other hand, observations indicated an eruption of invasive species, such as zebras, carnivorous fish known to us from the Gulf of Eilat and posing an ecological danger in coral reefs around the world, and a long-thorned monk (Diadema setosum). Also in the Mediterranean.

Tel Ashkelon National Park. Photo by Mano Greenspan

According to Dr. Ruthi Yahel, The Marine Ecology of the Nature and Parks Authority: “The latest survey conducted in the past year and its data are currently being updated, examined the activities of marine nature reserves, and their importance for marine diversity and wealth. From observations inside and outside the reserves, differences in the structure of the fish company can be identified between the various sites, with a higher species richness observed consistently within the reserves throughout the survey years. “The amount of details inside and outside the marine reserves was examined in two main seasons – autumn and spring, and the results were unequivocal: in all the marine reserves, more details were discovered, both in the deep water and in the shallow water.” Yahel adds that “as part of the survey, we were privileged to observe in some of the reserves impressive ‘weddings’ (clusters of many large individuals for breeding purposes) of rock stingers and Alexandrian stingers. There is no doubt that we are deep in their breeding season, and the observations show that the reserves are indeed efficient and contribute to the conservation of these species. “

According to Mazi Magnaji Moskowitz, Director of the Information Division of the Nature and Parks Authority: “Large, carefully managed and supervised marine nature reserves are the right way to ensure the health and function of Israel’s marine nature, for the present and for future generations. Israel has few and very small nature reserves, whose total area is less than three percent of the country’s sovereign maritime territory. In the last year, the marine reserves have expanded considerably, and as the awareness of this increases and we all become partners in it, we will be able to achieve this goal and preserve the beaches and the sea itself. “

Here are the activities that will take place as part of “Man and Sea Week”

Sunset at Achziv Beach. Photo by Yaniv Cohen, RTG

Spacious lawns, blue bays and rock pits, rare kurkar ridges and plants, sea turtle spawning grounds, the remains of the city of Achziv and a bathing beach with pools in the sea – all these are waiting for you at Achziv Beach. The length of the beach is about five kilometers, and it touches the ridge of Sulam Tzur, which descends directly to the sea. Come and enjoy sunset tours in the enchanting landscape of sky in colors and an observation point towards Rosh Hanikra to the north and Carmel to the south. We will walk among the remains of the ancient village, hear stories and legends about the “State of Eli Avivi”, we will learn about the importance of the sea to man and the little ones will also enjoy games and experiential activities, from which they will learn about the sea and the beach.

Where do we meet? At the main entrance to Achziv National Park

When? Fridays and Saturdays June 4/6, 5/6, 11/6, 12/6

Operation and training station for children between the hours of 10: 00-14: 00.

price: Adult – NIS 35, child – NIS 21. The activity is free of charge in addition to the entrance fee to the national park.

who will? The activity is suitable for families, children and all ages.

What to bring? Swimsuit, hat, drinking water.

* You must register for the sunset tours in advance on the website of the Nature and Parks Authority.

Arrival must be arranged before the visit On the website of the Nature and Parks Authority.

Return love to the sea in the Habonim Beach Reserve

The sea gives us many essential gifts: oxygen, food, energy and more, but is the sea an infinite resource? Join us to celebrate Adam and Sea Week with a variety of activities for the whole family and together we will learn how to return love to the sea. In front of a beautiful ruined beach that is a nature reserve, you will be met by players and instructors, from whom you can hear about the plastic damage, play games from recycled waste, learn how to preserve the sea, hear about sea turtles that are beginning to go ashore to lay their eggs and know what we can do to protect them. . The activity takes place in partnership with the Nature and Parks Authority, together with the people of the Mediterranean and the “Clear” organization, who invite you to join one of the communities of people of the Mediterranean and influence the preservation of the sea.

* In the afternoon you can sign up for yoga activities in front of the sea and evening tours of the reserve.

Where do we meet? Habonim Beach Nature Reserve

When? Saturday, 5/6/21 from 12:00 to 19:00

price: Adult – 22 shekels, child – 9 shekels. The activity is free of charge in addition to the entrance fee to the reserve.

Participation in tours based on availability, registration on site.

* Pre-registration for tours at the entrance to the site is mandatory.

Arrival must be arranged before the visit On the website of the Nature and Parks Authority.

Tel Dor National Park. Photo by Yaniv Cohen, RTG

Fascinating history of a port city in Tel Dor National Park

In the evening, we invite you to get to know the new Tel Dor National Park. With one foot in the past and one in the present, we will walk along a beautiful rugged beach and ascend the kurkar ridge. There we will discover the fascinating history of the port city of Dor, where over 20 sunken ships were found, as well as the wealth of today’s marine reserve.

We will hear the story of the place, whose story is intertwined with the story of the sea, and we will understand how we can keep and return love to the sea.

Where to meet? Tel Dor National Park

When? Saturday 12/6, in two rounds: at 16:00, 16:30.

Duration of the activity: About an hour and a half – two hours.

who will? The tour is suitable for all ages. The route is not accessible.

What to bring? Drinking water, hiking boots, hat

* Admission and activities are free. Tours must be registered in advance on the Authority’s website.

Arrival must be arranged before the visit On the website of the Nature and Parks Authority.

Sands, sea and antiquities in Tel Ashkelon National Park

Ancient Ashkelon is located on the ancient sea route that connected Egypt and Syria, and was therefore an important sea and land trading station. You are invited to visit the place, enjoy a hiking route and an observation of the sea, accompanied by guides, who will explain the importance of the Mediterranean, its treasures and natural resources, and the importance of Ashkelon throughout the periods.

Where do we meet? In the Canaanite Gate plaza.

When? Fridays and Saturdays June 4/6, 5/6, 11/6, 12/6 Between the hours: 10: 00-14: 00 (every half hour)

Duration of the activity: About 15 minutes, the training in two centers (the Canaanite Gate and the view of the sea)

price: Adult – 28 shekels, child – 14 shekels. The activity is free of charge in addition to the entrance fee to the national park.

who will? The tour is suitable for all ages.

What to bring? Drinking water, closed and comfortable walking shoes, hat.

Arrival must be arranged before the visit On the website of the Nature and Parks Authority.

Apollonia National Park. Photo by Mano Greenspan

A cliff facing the sea in Apollonia National Park

Imagine a walking route in a natural and quiet landscape facing the sea… Now stop imagining and come and be exposed to nature and the sea and beach view from the cliff in Apollonia!

You are invited to visit the place, enjoy the route and meet guides who will explain the importance of the Mediterranean, its treasures and natural resources, and you will discover how the Crusaders entered Apollonia and why they decided to settle here.

Where do we meet? Apollonia National Park

When? Fridays and Saturdays June 4/6, 5/6, 11/6, 12/6 Between the hours: 10: 00-16: 00 (every half hour)

Duration of the activity: About a quarter of an hour, the instruction in two centers (the villa and the fortress)

price: Adult – 22 shekels, child – 9 shekels. The activity is free of charge in addition to the entrance fee to the national park.

who will? The tour is suitable for all ages. The route is accessible.

What to bring? Drinking water, closed and comfortable walking shoes, hat.

Arrival must be arranged before the visit On the website of the Nature and Parks Authority.

Preserve Eilat Bay in the Coral Coast Nature Reserve

The coral coast reserve in Eilat preserves the northernmost coral reef in the world, and contains many hundreds of fish, coral and other marine creatures. Compared to the accelerated development of infrastructure near the northern shores built over the years in the city of Eilat, the southern strip in the Gulf remains open to the general public and contains rare and special natural resources. We make great efforts to preserve the coastal and marine environment in Eilat, including maintaining clean beaches.

On the occasion of Ocean Day and Man and Sea Week, we will hold an activity day to increase awareness of the preservation of the Gulf of Eilat.

what’s in plan? Beach tours, snorkeling tutorials, nature film screenings and building an environmental exhibit.

Where do we meet? Coral Coast Reserve in Eilat.

When? Saturday 12/6 between the hours of 10: 00-16: 00.

who will? The activity is suitable for families, children and all ages.

price: For Eilat residents – admission and activities are free. For the general public – adult – NIS 35, child – NIS 21. The activity is free of charge in addition to the entrance fee to the reserve.

What to bring? Swimsuit, hat, drinking water. You can rent a snorkel and a mask.

Arrival must be arranged before the visit On the website of the Nature and Parks Authority.

All ‘Man and Sea Week’ activities are free of charge, in addition to the entrance fee to the sites (free for cache subscribers of the Nature and Parks Authority).

You must register in advance to visit the website through the website booking system Nature and Parks Authority.

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