About the Area
Selected species include the Jackass penguin (Spheniscus demersus) , Disk lamp shell (Discinisca tenuis), Rock lobster (Jasus lalandii), Pilchard (Sardinops ocellatus), Cape horse mackerel (Trachurus capensis), Hake (Merluccius capensis), Cape fur seal (Artocephalus pusillus), Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis), and the rare Heaviside's dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidei).
Persistent overharvesting of many commercially valuable species and products (e.g., pilchard, anchovy, rock lobster, and seabird guano) and industrial harbour development, especially in Walvis Bay, pose some real threats.
Southeastern Atlantic Ocean near the southwestern coast of Africa
How does this ecoregion help in providing agricultural fertiliser?
Tons of seabird and seal excrement have accumulated along the southwest coast of Africa. This guano makes an excellent agricultural fertilizer and is therefore highly valuable. Unfortunately, it is being harvested faster than it is being deposited and extraction destroys habitat.