News Archive

Seminar: Ivan Martins: 19th July 2017

2017-07-13

Vulnerability to and perceptions of climate change among small-scale fishers from the South Brazil Bight

Seminar; Alexei Dreyer: 29th June

2017-06-29

Disentangling the influence of spatial and environmental processes in structuring warm-temperate reef fish communities

Seminar: Bernard Erasmus 22 June

2017-06-20

Fish on acid: ocean acidification impairs fish growth and skeletal developmen

Emerging freshwater biologists develop field skills

2017-05-18

Students learn field research techniques in multi-institutional collaboration to monitor river rehabilitation

Answering the call of the ocean

2017-04-10

A new intake of Ocean Stewards will accompany marine scientists on a 30-day expedition

ACEP Imida

ACEP Imida

Proud to be Pi

2017-03-14

ORCID celebrates its 3,141,593rd registrant! SAIAB's Prof Olaf Weyl.

RV Phakisa opens new opportunities for marine research

2017-02-24

Custom-built coastal craft, R/V Phakisa, opens up new research opportunities for South African marine science

Ethical considerations for field research on fishes

2016-12-21

What are the ethical requirements of journals publishing primary research on fishes?

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Cruise sets out to unlock Secrets of the Deep

Deep reefs and the communities that inhabit them are difficult environments to access

Tribute to Dave P. Voorvelt

2016-11-04

Senior Artist, JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology

Seminar: Dr Holly Nel: 20th October 2016

2016-10-19

Microplastic, a “macro” problem

Deep Secrets: Cruise News

2016-10-13

Science to support the mapping and management of outer shelf and slope ecosystems of South Africa by Kerry Sink and Ryan Palmer

SMITH MEMORIAL LECTURE - 27 September

2016-09-21

Professor Renzo Perissinotto: Extant marine stromatolites of the Eastern Cape: a window into the earliest life on Earth?

Seminar 15 September: Carla Edworthy

2016-09-09

Insights into Ocean Acidification

Seminar: 25th August: Siphelele Dyantyi

2016-08-25

Alongshore Mesoscale Transport of Larvae

National Science Week 08 to 12 August

2016-08-08

National Science Week a great success

Seminar: Dr Francesca Porri: 28th July 2016

2016-07-21

Marine biofoam: a mechanism for intertidal retention of invertebrate larvae?

Presentation: 14th July; Tonna Mojekwu & Michael Cunningham (University of Pretoria)

2016-07-12

“The Natural Genetic Resource in Oreochromis”

Seminar 23rd June: Prof Olaf Weyl : Fish and fisheries in the Lake Malawi basin

2016-06-23

An assessment of management interventions in one of the poorest countries in the world

World Fish Migration Day talk 23rd May

2016-05-19

Prof Olaf Weyl: The secret life of slippery, slimy eels

UFH Department of Zoology and Entomology graduates celebrate

2016-05-17

ACEP Phuhlisa Programme funded four students

Seminar NOW ON 28th April: Jessica Glass: Long live the kingfish

2016-04-13

How genetics can inform the past present and future of the royal family

Larval Fish Ecology in the coastal nearshore

Dr Paula Pattrick is a PDP Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SAIAB

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Larval fish expert dies while diving

2016-03-29

SAIAB pays tribute to Honorary Research Associate, Dr Allan Connell, who died while diving off Scottburgh, KZN on Friday 18 March

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Dr Kerry Sink a 2016 Pew Marine Fellow

2016-03-08

Dr Kerry Sink heads up the SANBI Marine Programme and is a SAIAB Honorary Research Associate.

Water World 2016

2016-02-29

If you have a love for water or interest in fish and their environment, then this is for you!

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The evolution, behaviour and ecology of the Giant Trevally

The Giant Trevally (Caranx ignobilis), better known in South Africa by its common name, the Giant kingfish, is considered an iconic top predator

Working World Exhibition WWE 2016

2016-02-18

The SAIAB/ NRF Aquazone stand at WWE focuses on aquatic biodiversity research

Seminar: Nkosinathi Mazungula and Bosupeng Motshegoa Thursday 11 Feb 2016

2016-02-11

A growing body of evidence suggests that hidden diversity is prevalent in many freshwater fishes

Guest seminar: Dr Fabio Di Dario Wed 10 February

2016-02-05

Sardines, herrings and anchovies: what we know - and still don't know - about their evolution and classification

Walking sideways: revisiting the diversity of freshwater crabs in eastern South Africa

Systematic study into the diversity of South Africa’s freshwater crabs was launched in the early 1990s

New Year Greetings

2016-01-29

Wishing you a bright 2016

End-of-Year Opening Hours

2015-12-24

SAIAB will be closed from noon 24th December 2015, re-opening 4th January 2016.

Informing Policy and Decision Making

Generating knowledge on the distributions, spread and impacts of alien invasive species in South Africa

Seminar: Morgana Tagliarolo: 18th November

2015-11-13

Physiology of intertidal organisms: from the individual to the ecosystem

Seminar: Mandla Magoro: 29th October 2015

2015-10-27

The impact of introduced largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides, on indigenous marine fish in the lower Kowie River

Smith Memorial Lecture 2015 14th October 2015

2015-10-09

Guest speaker: Prof Michelle Hamer, Director of Zoological Systematics at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

Olaf Weyl receives WRC 2015 Knowledge Tree Award

2015-10-01

Prof Olaf Weyl honoured for "incredible impact made in pursuit of scientific excellence and real-life relevance".

Seminar: Prof Olaf Weyl 3 Sept

2015-09-07

Fish conservation and management in North America: experiences from a recent trip to Canada and the USA

Economic impact of recreational fishing under the research spotlight

2015-08-26

Five research units tackle report on economic value of recreational fishing: David MacGregor Senior Reporter at the Daily Dispatch reports.

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Wildlands Ocean Stewards initiative

The ACEP Biosurrogacy Project has teamed up with Wildlands Conservation Trust to create The Ocean Stewards initiative.

National Science Week 1 to 8 August 2015

2015-07-30

SAIAB and various partners will host a programme of activities including stands at the Community Awareness Day, Tantyi Hall, Sunday 2nd August

Seminar: Dr Sourav Paul 31st July

2015-07-27

From zooplankton to humans: perspectives on vulnerability and resilience from UNESCO World Heritage Ecosystems

From the latest SAASTA getSETgo newsletter

2015-07-24

SAIAB collaborations with Rhodes University and the Endangered Wildlife Trust

Prof Paul Skelton: From Mekoro to Learjets - an adventure into the Angolan Wilderness.

2015-07-09

Presentation on the recent National Geographic 'Into the Okavango' expedition and the traverse of the Cuito River headwaters

Seminar: Dr Gavin Gouws

2015-06-22

Walking sideways: revisiting the diversity of freshwater crabs in eastern South Africa.

Rhodes University recruits two new Honorary Professors

2015-06-02

Drs Paul Cowley and Olaf Weyl have been invited to become Honorary Professors in the Department of Ichthyology & Fisheries Science (DIFS)

Into the Okavango: National Geographic expedition

2015-05-28

SAIAB's Dr Paul Skelton and Nkosinathi Mazungula are part of the group

A water-linked green economy

2015-05-18

SAIAB and the Endangered Wildlife Trust launch partnership to conserve precious water resources

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Book launch: South African coasts

2015-05-14

South African Coasts: A celebration of our seas and shores

Seminar: Dr Ali Götz

2015-05-11

Diving under the ice: A first attempt at quantitative krill assessments in the Antarctic winter

Africa’s largest known freshwater copepod described

A new species of copepod has just been described

Seminar: Prof Jay Stauffer

2015-04-22

The Diversity of Fishes and Fish Behaviour in Lake Malawi

Book launch: When I was a fish: tales of an ichthyologist

2015-04-17

Mike Bruton became obsessed with fishes during his early childhood and carried this passion with him throughout his career.

Water World 2015

2015-03-18

Wander through watery wonders at Water World - Scifest Africa 2015

Seminar: Ofer Gon

2015-03-03

Scale development in cardinalfishes and its wider implications

Seminar: Dr Kelly Ortega Cisneros

2015-02-09

An application of the Atlantis End-to-End model for the southern Benguela system

Seminar: Dr Jennifer Jackson

2015-02-05

Satellite surface chlorophyll off the British Columbia coast, 1997-2010

The development of an amphibian research collection at SAIAB

Diversifying the natural history collection has been an on-going focus of curation at SAIAB for some years.

Acoustic telemetry study to be done on leervis/garrick migrations

2014-12-17

A joint initiative by ORI and SAIAB

Launch of Algoa Bay Hope Spot

2014-12-12

"We're all sea creatures - no ocean - no us"

Not just old stuff in boxes - Special Collections in the Margaret Smith Library

The Special Collections in the Margaret Smith Library include a number of unique items relating to the JLB Smith Institute (1980-2001).

SAIAB Library Reaches Out!

2014-10-08

Maditaba Meltaf dedicates Thursday mornings to Drop-all-and-Read at the Good Shepherd School

Smith Memorial Lecture: Burrowing beneath the surface

2014-09-18

Sandprawns provide insight into the ecological value of estuaries

Seminar: Olwethu Duna

Vertical larval distribution in relation to the water column structure

Tackling wicked problems in Canada

2014-09-04

Managing invasive species presents a ‘wicked problem’

Seminar:Timothy Leslie and Dr Tshoanelo Miya

Timothy Leslie discusses the juvenile Cape Stumpnose and Dr Tshoanelo Miya talks surviving the freezing-waters of the Southern Ocean.

SeaKeys: Unlocking foundational marine biodiversity knowledge

SAIAB uses DNA barcoding to provide vital information on genetic diversity in marine species

Institutions Join Forces To Reduce Shark Attacks

2014-07-30

Transmitters used to monitor dangerous sharks along the KwaZulu- Natal coastline

Penny Haworth Wins Prestigious SANCOR Award

2014-07-23

Marine and coastal communication recognised at awards

Seminar: Dr Paula Pattrick

It may not be the Seychelles…but it’s ALGOA BAY! Discovering larval fish nursery habitats

Research Project in Seychelles Produces Pleasing Results

2014-07-01

Exploring fish connectivity in the South West Indian Ocean

Seminar: Paul Cowley

2014-06-24

Exploring remote islands and atolls in the South Western Indian Ocean

Tragic loss to marine science

2014-06-20

“A robust, straight talking, extreme sportsman”, Peter Timm led the first group of divers to find the Sodwana coelacanth population in 2000.

SAIAB Hosts Successful Global Event

2014-06-10

Dr Paul Cowley discusses the consequences of over- fishing.

World Fish Migration Day Event A Success

2014-05-14

Paul Cowley gives WFMD presentation on fish migration in Port Alfred

Dr Olaf Weyl presents at American Fisheries Society

2014-04-09

"History, status and management of black bass (Micropterus) species in South Africa"

Talk at DIFS: Dr Greta Peci: Redmap: an online database and mapping resource

2014-04-08

Redmap (Range Extension Database and Mapping project, is an online database and mapping resource. The public can submit observational data

Understanding the aliens among us

History, status and management of Black bass (Micropterus) species in South Africa

Seminar: Ofer Gon and Mellissa Peyper

2014-03-24

The taxonomy of bathylagid fishes of the Southern Hemisphere

Water World Kicks off

2014-03-14

Water World kicked off with a bang yesterday as several schools across the province arrived to learn more about the variety of life in water.

Water World - Scifest Africa 2014

2014-02-26

SAIAB is the proud host of Water World. This official main festival venue will host all water-related activities on the programme

SAIAB at Red Sea Research Centre, KAUST

2014-02-24

Workshop on biogeography of the Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean.

Seminar: Dr Olaf Weyl: History, status and management of black bass (Micropterus) species in South Africa

History, status and management of black bass (Micropterus) species in South Africa

Pseudobarbus skeltoni, the giant redfin minnow that evaded scientists for over a century

Pseudobarbus skeltoni, the giant redfin minnow that evaded scientists for over a century

Coelacanth 75 feature in M&G supported by DST

2014-01-22

Feature on DST/NRF Marine Research

Building on the South African Coelacanth Legacy

The impact of the discovery of the living coelcanth

Smith Memorial Lecture

2013-11-20

South African Coelacanths: Surprises, Secrets and Opportunities for Science. Guest speaker: Kerry Sink.

Seminar: Brian Godfrey

2013-10-23

Counting Rock Lobsters in Tristan da Cunha

West coast rock lobster and popular line fish drop from green to orange

2013-10-08

WWF-SASSI’s (Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative) recently updated seafood consumer guide showcases improvements but also highlights concerns

Seminar: Dr Evie Wieters

Thermal regime and upwelling modify benthic community structure and shift the balance of negative and positive interactions

Seminar: Dr. Sergio A. Navarrete

Larval dispersal, recruitment and the need for interdisciplinary studies to protect biodiversity in the coastal ocean

Start of a new era of coastal and marine research in the Eastern Cape and South Africa

2013-09-02

To cement the strong ties in marine research that have developed over years of collaboration, on Monday 26 August, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) formalised its working relationship with SAIAB and SAEON in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which covers a wide range of initiatives to provide key research in Algoa Bay and the surrounding coastline.

Seminar: Dr Albert Chakona

2013-08-28

Evolutionary drivers of diversification and distribution of stream fishes in the south-western Cape Floristic Region:testing the role of historical isolation and post-speciation range expansion

Seminar: Wouter Holleman:

An exploration into the species of the genus and their distribution in the Indo-west Pacific, and the relationship between Springeratus, South African and Australia

Dinofish video showing

2013-08-14

A repeat of the showing of this Earth Touch Productions video at Science Week

The Women and the Coelacanth

2013-08-07

2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the finding of the living coelacanth, 1938. Without the women scientists involved, the story may never have happened

Seminar: Tumeka Mbobo: Effect of salinity on bacterial symbionts associated with mangrove crabs

Symbiosis is a very complex biological phenomenon that influences not only the organisms involved, but also larger communities.

Seminar: Qurban Rouhani: Tastic’s Hope – the story of a Northern Cape Fisher (video)

Tastics's Hope, a short documentary video by Qurban Rouhani, tells the story of a Northern Cape fisher on Vanderkloof Dam.

2nd International Conference on Fish Telemetry (ICFT)

2013-07-12

The conference will be hosted by SAIAB from Sunday 14 July 2013 to Friday 19 July 2013.

Taking Biodiversity Information Management into the Future

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, published an article in 2001 describing a revolutionary idea: that of the Semantic Web.

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Overfishing threatens quarter of key grouper species

2013-07-04

Important grouper fish species are under threat due to lax management and overexploitation

Seminar: Dr Romina Henriques: The Benguela Current

2013-06-24

The Benguela Current, in southwestern Africa, is considered to be a major biogeographical barrier to the dispersion of tropical species

Seminar: Dr Olaf Weyl: River rehabilitation by alien fish removal

2013-06-10

In South Africa's Cape Floristic Region, a global biodiversity hotspot with 16 endemic fish species, 20 non-native fish species have become established

SAIAB SAEON at East Cape Port and Maritime Conference

2013-06-05

Research Platforms contribute towards protection and preservation of coastal and marine environments supporting sustainable economic and social growth

Coelacanth genome surfaces

2013-04-19

An international team of researchers from 40 institutions from 12 countries has decoded the genome of the African coelacanth.

Gombessa Coelacanth Expedition

2013-04-04

French and South African biologists will dive to deep-sea caves in the Sodwana Bay area during April 2013 in a bid to locate the coelacanth.

Internships as a vehicle for Biodiversity Human Capacity Development

In 2005, SAIAB began to offer research internship opportunities in aquatic sciences through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Internship Programme to empower postgraduates and to enhance their employability. The programme at SAIAB focuses on developing research skills through data collection, analysis and report writing. The internships are offered in aquatic conservation and ecology, marine fish systematics, molecular biology, marine fish systematics and in more recent years it has been extended to include information technology (IT) and science communication.

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Water World at SAIAB Scifest Africa 2013

2013-03-08

In the 2013 International Year of Water Co-operation, SAIAB will be hosting a special additional venue called Water World.The wonders of Water World will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Coelacanth on South African shores!

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2012 Annual Impact Report

2013-01-24

SAIAB 2012 Annual Impact Report released.

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From the archives: the Eric Latimer diary

2012-12-21

Eric Latimer was the father of Marjorie Courtney-Latimer. We are fortunate to have a transcript of part of his diary from 1906 to 1938 This chronicles the childhood and early adulthood of his daughter, who is credited with the recognition of the coelacanth as a unique find.

Relinkage of the Mfolozi River to the St Lucia estuarine system – An urgent imperative for the long term management of a Ramsar and World Heritage Site

The St Lucia Estuary in KwaZulu-Natal was separated from the Mfolozi River in the early 1950s following canalisation of the Mfolozi floodplain swamp to facilitate sugar cane farming of the drained land. Since then large amounts of sediment have built up in the St Lucia Estuary and Narrows.

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Sub Antarctic notothenioid fish systematics

The suborder Notothenioidei includes several families of fishes that evolved in and inhabit the Southern Ocean. To be able to survive in the ice-laden waters around Antarctica and its associated islands these fishes developed a number of adaptations, including a group of organic molecules called antifreeze glycoproteins or AFGPs.

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Prof Skelton joins the Distinguished Old Rhodians

2012-09-11

Prof Paul Skelton was one of five distinguished Old Rhodians who received awards from the University on Saturday 25th August. “The ceremony on Saturday was a warm and pleasant occasion and a chance to catch up with some old friends and colleagues. It was also a chance to reflect on Rhodes and the people and events that make it special for me,”- Professor Paul Skelton said after the ceremony.

Woman’s Month Feature- Taryn Bodill

2012-08-25

Although she had only been at SAIAB for a little over a year, in June 2012 Taryn Bodill received a Special Award for her contribution to the maintenance and development of the Molecular Laboratory. The Molecular Laboratory provides a platform for the study of aquatic biodiversity at the molecular level, particularly at the DNA level.

SASSI Networking Partners

2012-08-01

Penny recently attended the annual South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) Networking Partners’meeting in Rondebosch, Cape Town on 4-5 July. Networking Partnerships were originally introduced to promote WWF-SASSI and communicate WWF-SASSI key messages to audiences beyond WWF-SASSI’s reach.

Learning to write is like learning to swim

2012-08-01

The Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) recently held a two-day writing development course at SAIAB for ACEP’s Phuhlisa Programme honours students at SAIAB. A number of students and interns from SAIAB also attended the course which was presented by Prof. Chrissie Boughey, Dean of Teaching & Learning at Rhodes University.

Science and Multilingualism

2012-07-30

SAIAB was recently visited by multilinguists Professor Esther Ramani and colleague Michael Joseph from the University of Limpopo. Ramani is a recent recipient of the Mail and Guardian Woman of the Year Award for ground breaking work she has done in the field of African languages. She and Joseph are well known for having worked on the introduction of the first multilingual degree at the University of Limpopo.

Friday Feed July 7

2012-07-07

This weeks' Friday Feed features the SAIAB Winter School, SAEON Grade 10 Science Camp, ACEP Interns and ISPOT Southern Africa.

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SAIAB involvement in the BHL Biodiversity Africa Organisational and Planning Initiative

2012-07-06

The Biodiversity Heritage Library Africa recently held the inaugral Africa Organisational & Planning Initiative meeting in Cape Town

Annual Research Report 2011

This report is intended to reflect progress in the research activities of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB).The information contained in the individual project reports may not be quoted or cited elsewhere without the permission of the authors or the Managing Director of the Institute. Data generated by the various research projects will be published in the open, peer-reviewed literature in due course.

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Sundays River Fish Invasions Project

Introduced fish species pose a significant threat to the conservation of native fish species in South Africa by preying on them, competing with them, or altering the environments in which they live.

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Friday Feed

2012-06-15

This week's Friday Feed features the SAASTA MD's visit to SAIAB, Paul Cowley's appearence on SuperSport, An American student joining the SAIAB family and Winter School 2012.

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Ofer shares his experience and findings on his expedition to the Prince Edwards Islands

2012-06-08

The Prince Edward Islands (PEI) are a South African territory in the South Indian Ocean, about 2000 km southeast of Cape Town. This island group comprises two sub-Antarctic islands, Marion and Prince Edward that are actually two peaks, about 20 km apart, of a large volcano rising out of the sea bed.

Invasive freshwater fishes in a South African RAMSAR wetland

2012-06-08

The Wilderness Lakes system, situated in the Western Cape of South Africa, forms a major component of the SANParks managed Garden Route National Park. The lakes and interconnecting channels are part of a RAMSAR site. As a result of introductions into the catchment area, four alien fishes occur in the lakes system.

SAIAB students and Interns bond at SABI Student Workshop

2012-06-08

SAIAB students and interns recently formed part of a South African Biosystematics Initiative (SABI) student workshop on scientific presentations skills in Richards Bay. SABI is aimed at assisting the scientific community in promoting the awareness and the importance of bio-systematic research in the broader community through education and outreach projects.

ACEP Phuhlisa kicks off on a high note

2012-06-08

ACEP recently launched its Phuhlisa program focusing on the post graduate development of students from historically disadvantaged universities in the Eastern Cape.

WORLD OCEANS DAY 8 JUNE

2012-06-07

On World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honour the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. Be a part of this growing global celebration!

International Day for Biological Diversity 22 May

2012-05-21

Marine Biodiversity is the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). Designation of IDB 2012 on the theme of marine ecosystems provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and everyone interested in marine life, the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue and increase practical action.

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Collections Development and Diversification – specifically the growing Amphibian Collection

Many SAIAB scientists have made non-fish collections during their research work and, previously, these animals and plants were sent to appropriate museums around South Africa. Freshwater scientists have usually caught aquatic frogs and tadpoles as a by-catch of fishing efforts and so retaining by-catches was a simple way to start a new SAIAB collection.

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DIFS students excited about their interaction with SAIAB

2012-02-24

SAIAB prides itself on the relationship it has with the Rhodes University Department of Ichthyology & Fisheries Science (DIFS)

Detailed report on Climate Change produced by SAEON & SAIAB

2012-01-27

South Africa's Second National Communication under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, provides an overview of climate change and its implications for South Africa.

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A Christmas Story: 22 December 1938

2011-12-22

On 22 December 1938, the curator of the East London Museum, Marjorie Courtnay-Latimer, was examining the catch brought in by Hendrik Goosen, when a strange shape lying beneath other fish attracted her attention - it was a strangely shaped fin with an unusual blue colour...

Annual Highlights Report 2010- 2011

This report reflects the actitivies of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) for the 2010-2011 year.

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Ocean Tracking Network in South Africa

The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a Canadian-based, multimillion dollar research project that aims to make use of acoustic technology to study fish migration patterns.

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So Long! And Thanks for the Fish

2011-10-06

The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity recently bid farewell to its Managing Director, Professor Paul Skelton. Skelton has led this institute for the past 16 years and under his strong leadership SAIAB has become a leading academic institution for Ichthyology in Africa.

We can do it – Conserving our Natural Resources 28-09-2011

2011-09-28

“We need to understand mankind, what are we doing to the planet and how are we doing it. We must inspire and empower people, give them the tools to go out and do something. We must educate people- government officials first and the public second. Science should not be seen in isolation, it is critical for conservation and the world would be a poor place without animals. We can do it".

Modelling the effects of climate change on the distribution of shared fishery species in the subtropical Western Indian Ocean

Climate change that is linked to the build-up of greenhouse gases and aerosols in the atmosphere is now a widely accepted phenomenon that has lead to increases in surface air and ocean temperatures over the last 50 years (IPCC, 2007.

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If you catch a fish - let it go 22-08-2011

2011-08-22

Many fishermen do not realise the importance of looking after our aquatic environments. Generally these individuals overlook the fact that fishery resources are finite and if we over use them we will eventually exhaust them.

South Africa enters a new era of deep-sea research

2011-08-12

The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) conducted an expedition earlier this year to test the capacity of its recently acquired Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in exploring the deep water environment that is home to the iconic coelacanth.

Ocean Tracking Network launched in South Africa

2011-08-02

SAIAB has joined a global network of marine scientists sharing resources to learn more about the migration patterns of fish and other ocean inhabitants. Paul Cowley and his team will run the local arm of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation-International Joint Ventures Fund. The OTN was officially launched at the Canadian Embassy on 02 August.

Amazing experience for Aspiring Scientists 14-07-2011

2011-07-14

In theory, practice is simple; however is it simple to practise theory? Students attending SAIAB’s 2011 Aquatic Biodiversity Course (Winter School) were exposed to some of the best acquatic scientists nationally and internationally, exploring theory and practise and its relation to the acquatic environment.

Mysterious Oarfish Washed Ashore 28-06-2011

2011-06-28

Seldom seen, the rare, elongated oarfish, measuring between 3-8 meters from nose to tail, is a likely source of myths about sea serpents.

Lake Gariep Fisheries Research Project

Globally, alien invasive fishes are one of the main threats to biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems. In South Africa they are the primary threat. Alien fishes are, however, also used by subsistence fishers and recreational anglers. As a result, they provide food security in rural areas and contribute millions to the national economy.

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Working together for the benefit of our Marine Environments 31-05-2011

2011-05-31

Approximately 70% of earth’s surface is covered by oceans. Sustainable exploitation of marine resources needs the best science and technology available to establishefficient and sustainable environmental management.

Science Clubbing 26-05-2011

2011-05-26

“Get into your pockets, take out your keys and build your future towards science,” said Sivuyile Manxoyi of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), in Cape Town while motivating high school learners to enhance their science education whilst they are still young.

Seven days of Science Extravaganza 13-05-2011

2011-05-13

“Cleared and stained” - the chemistry behind the National Fish Collection was the focus of SAIAB’s exhibition at this year’s Scifest Africa. This national extravaganza was held in Grahamstown from 4-10 May 2011.

Exploring the fascinating complexities of fish behaviour 04-04-2011

2011-04-04

The aquatic world is full of wonder and mystery, making for adventurous and enlightening science projects. It is therefore not surprising for a non-specialist to discover that fish behaviour is a growing area of scientific research.

High tech research to shed light on fish migrations 01-04-2011

2011-04-01

Surprisingly little is known about marine biodiversity on our planet and even less is understood about the migration patterns of marine animals. This is about to change as a global network of marine scientists are currently pooling research efforts to learn more about the mysterious lives of underwater creatures.

Chasing goals - Beginning with the end in mind 31-03-2011

2011-03-31

Stephen Covey’s best-selling book: "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" has as its second habit: 'Begin with the end in mind'. This is exactly what Angus Paterson did when he stepped out of the confines of his Johannesburg suburban high school in 1988. Dr Paterson joins SAIAB as Director Designate on Friday 1 April.

Fourth Biodiversity Expo at Kirstenbosch 24-03-2011

2011-03-24

The Biodiversity Expo kicks off on Thursday 5 May and runs until Sunday 8 May 2011. This free event at the Old Mutual Conference Centre at Kirstenbosch is in its fourth year and attracts participants and exhibitors who want to enage with visitors on conservation issues.

SAEON brings real time data into school curriculums 23-03-2011

2011-03-23

SAEON (The South African Environment Observatory Network) in collaboration with SAIAB (The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity) is giving Grahamstown school learners real-time data to play around with.

Grouping the groupers: the importance of taxonomy for fisheries management 11-03-2011

2011-03-15

People often think they know a lot about a species in a particular area through common knowledge gleaned through ecological and fishing interests. Often, however, it is only when scientists establish specific taxonomic characteristics of that species through systematic observation and extensive on-site recording of its actual distribution, that an accurate picture can be established. This has strong implications for those involved in fishing and fisheries management.

Bringing pictures to life 02-03-2011

2011-03-10

Devoted to building and nurturing human capital development, the NRF assesses its staff based on a performance system that not only monitors employees' performance in the work place, but also encourages its' staff to pursue career-oriented goals. Professor Alan Whitfield who has been awarded the prestigious Doctor of Science (DSc) from Rhodes University feels that he owes this achievement largely to the NRF's performance system

SAIAB welcomes Rhodes DIFS students 09-02-2011

2011-02-09

On the 7th of February 2010, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) welcomed six honours students from the Rhodes University Department of Ichthyology and Fishery Science (DIFS). DIFS students regularly utilise the library and laboratory facilities at SAIAB.

SAIAB welcomes 7000 new specimens to its Collection

2011-02-03

Approximately 7000 specimens of fish, crustaceans, cephalopods and gelatinous pelagic fauna were caught during a 40 day cruise from Reunion Island to Algoa Bay as part of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) and brought to the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) to be identified and catalogued. Situated in Grahamstown, SAIAB is a National Facility of the National Research Foundation and home of the National Fish Collection

BIODIVERSITY MATTERS! 12-01-2011

2011-01-12

SASSB Conference (19-21 January) to investigate biological diversity

Message from the Director

2010-12-22

SAIAB has enjoyed an active and productive year in 2010. Some key milestones include the launch of the Ukwabelana and ROV together with the Elwandle Node, in Port Elizabeth, the completion and official opening of the new Margaret Smith Library by the Minister for Science and Technology, and the installation of a state-of-the-art X-Ray inspection system.

Know your marine mammals 07-12-2010

2010-12-07

Coastal whales and dolphins of the Eastern cape: A guide for everyone with an interest in whales and dolphins

World AIDS day 1st December 07-12-2010

2010-12-07

Since 1988, the world made a pledge to stand together for the fight against HIV/AIDS on the 1st of December each year. SAIAB made donations to the Jabez AIDS Health centre

Human impact on jewels of the South African coast 05-11-2010

2010-11-05

SAIAB publishes user-friendly 'Guide to the Ecology of Temporarily Open/Closed Estuaries'.

Beyond the SCUBA range

2010-11-04

In 2008, the African Coelacanth Environmental Programme (ACEP) hosted by the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity(SAIAB) through a grant from the Department of Science and Technology, purchased a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to explore depth zones beyond the SCUBA range. Dr Ali Gotz reports -

Fishing for the Future 18-10-2010

2010-11-01

Mackay Bridge Angling Club All Clubs Light Tackle Boat Competition introduce catch and release fishing methods in their competitions to ensure sustainable fishing.

Paul Cowley, Pipefish and Pasella

Paul Cowley talks to SABC 2's Pasella about a rare and crticially endangered pipefish.

A new study aims to show how dolphin health is an indicator of the state of our coastal waters

2010-10-11

Bottlenose and humpback dolphins are sometimes caught in anti-shark nets off KwaZulu-Natal. This provides an opportunity to study the dolphins and determine as much as possible about them so that informed conservation decisions about the populations of these two dolphin species in our coastal waters can be made.

New species of Stonebasher fish discovered 17-09-2010

In the south of Africa, an international research team discovered a new kind of stonebasher.

Minister of the DST, Naledi Pandor, opens the new Margaret Smith Library

2010-09-14

The new Margaret Smith Library on the ground floor of the SAIAB building has been in construction for the past few months and will provide for greater learning, teaching and training opportunities at SAIAB.

MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, MRS NALEDI PANDOR EXPLORES AQUATIC BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH AT SAIAB 13-09-2010

2010-09-13

On 13 September, the Minister of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Mrs Naledi Pandor, made an official visit to SAIAB. During the visit she formally opened the new Margaret Smith Library and was conduced on a tour of the JLB Smith Collection Management Centre.

“If fish did feel pain, would you stop fishing?” 27-08-2010

2010-08-27

Dr Gene Helfman presented the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)’s annual JLB Smith Memorial Lecture which was held on Tuesday, August 24th. Having specialised in icthyology, behavioural ecology and fish conservation, Helfman, now retired, is Professor Emeritus at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia in the USA

Makana National Science Week 2010 round up of events 16/08/2010

2010-08-16

This year National Science Week (NSW) ran from 2 – 6 August and took place at 88 sites across the country. The Makana district was one such site that endeavored to show learners the "role of science in economic development"- the theme for NSW 2010

Putting the Ayoba in science

2010-08-04

Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor and Director- General of the DST, Dr Phil Mjwara visit the SAIAB exhibition stand at the national launch of National Science Week in Alice

The World Café 04-08-2010

2010-08-04

Friday, August 6 marks the end of National Science Week 2010 and Grahamstown will be host to the most diverse and interactive World Café that will bring learners, students, educators, lecturers,researchers and members of the general public together to discuss issues around biodiversity conservation and its' economic role.

SAIAB collaborates with INIP, Angola 30-07-2010

2010-07-30

In 2006, the Instituto Nacional de Investigação Pesqueira (INIP) in Angola approached SAIAB to join in a project that will investigate the fish diversity of the Kwanza River that will aid in informaing sustainable use. In July, INIP sent three staff members to SAIAB to attend a fish identofication course and to complete the final project progress report.

Rhodes student scoops award at science conference 20-07-2010

2010-07-22

Rhodes University Department of Ichthyology and Fishery Science Masters student, James McCafferty has been awarded the third prize in the “best student presentation" category for the presentation of his honours paper at the Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists (SASAqS) conference which was held from the 13th to the 15th of June at the Augrabies Falls.

The Highway Africa conference 08-07-2010

Highway Africa is the largest meeting of journalists from across the globe and takes place annually at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Biodiversity conservation - a new way of looking at our heritage

Biodiversity has always been viewed in isolation as falling outside social, political and economic spheres. However, the importance of biodiversity conservation is critical to all.

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SAIAB AND ASCLME CELEBRATE WORLD OCEANS DAY IN GRAHAMSTOWN 08-06-2010

2010-06-08

ASCLME and WIO-LaB shows how Rivers of Life and Oceans of Plenty produce a bountiful biodiversity

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Planet earth: our remarkable home 28-05-2010

2010-05-28

Prof Skelton speaks about “B for Biodiversity- to B or not to B”

BIODIVERSITY COLLOQUIUM SETS THE SCENE FOR 2010 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF BIODIVERSITY 25-05-2010

2010-05-25

Rhodes University Department of Botany hosted a biodiversity colloquium on 21st May in celebration of 22nd May International Day for Biological Diversity

Reformatting SAIAB’s science advancement 25-05-2010

2010-05-25

SAIAB takes advantage of the "clean slate" and prepares to move forward with science advancement

THE 2010 SOUTH AFRICAN PHD PROJECT CONFERENCE 12-05-2010

2010-05-12

The annual PhD conference is an event at which potential students from tertiary institutions, internship programmes, public sector and private industry are invited to interact with representative from higer education institutions, local and international funding agencies, and corporate sponsors.

Leaving home for the first time 11-05-2010

2010-05-11

The Coelacanth visits Gauteng

TAKING A DETOUR TO SAIAB 06-05-2010

2010-05-06

Bishops Diocesan School’s boys fascinated with all the fish at SAIAB

SAIAB AND ALBANY COLLABORATE IN SCIENCE 03-05-2010

2010-05-03

After years of working separately, SAIAB and Albany Museum agree to link collections for the benefit of science

Reddy is ready for masters 21-04-2010

2010-04-21

Poogendri Reddy entered the DST/NRF internship programme in 2006 with a BSC and no plans to pursue postgraduate studies. Today she works as a laboratory assisstant at SAIAB and has just completed her honours.

Communication is key 21-04-2010

2010-04-21

SAIAB's winterschool course for postgraduate students in the science field proves to be quite handy in advancing one's career.

SAIAB DEMYSTIFIES BIODIVERSITY AT SCIFEST 2010 17-04-2010

2010-04-17

Scifest Africa was launched in 1997 and has since become an annual "must visit" for many learners, teachers, businesses, universities and the general public.

Moments in time with old four legs 01-04-2010

2010-04-01

"Living fossil" wows hearts and minds at Scifest Africa

Launch of ACEP Coastal Platform & ROV

2010-03-25

A celebration of East Coast Marine Science

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NEMBA Alien Invasive Species maps [now outdated]

2009-09-08

SAIAB is producing maps for the new NEMBA Alien Invasive Species regulations.[Please note these maps are now outdated. SANBI and DEA will announce a public participation process in due course]

SAIAB celebrates 10 years

2009-06-19

Investing in Biodiversity - SAIAB celebrates 10 years as an NRF Facility and opens the JLB Smith Collection Management - "a gem in the crown of the NR

Latest coelacanth sighting

2009-06-01

Peter Timm, one of the discoverers of the Sodwana coelacanths, sighted two coelacanths on 20 May 2009. Photo Andromède Oceanology Eric Bahauet(C)2009

Nomathotholo Vol 1 Issue 3 September 2008

Inside this issue: A sleeper ray with a name that sucks; A phoenix rises:Knysna Angling Museum reborn; ASCLME sets up office; A tale of two lakes; Winter School at SAIAB; See science through different eyes; New science Clubs launched; Coastal Fishes of Southern Africa;NRF mobility grants and other visitors

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Scientific treasure chests or public heirlooms?

Scientific treasure chests or public heirlooms?

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No. 1 on the Top 10 New Species for 2007

Phil Heemstra’s and Leonard Campagno’s description of the Electrolux addisoniis No 1 on the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE)

Nomathotholo Vol 1 Issue 2 March 2008

Inside this issue: Accolade for A-rated Alan; Leading by example - NRF Facilities' Heads Meet at SAIAB; Barcode of Life Conference Taipai, Taiwan; Coordinating ACEP; SASSB Conference; Scorpionfishes - Taxonomy and Systematics; NRF Corporate Communications Visits SAIAB; Collections Update; Practically Cradock; International Interns at SAIAB; All I want is to become an ichthyologist!

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Nomathotholo Vol 1 Issue 1 December 2007

Inside this issue: First Issue of a New Newsletter for SAIAB; Best Emerging Young Scientist; Freshwater Needs of Estuaries Assessed; SAIAB leads Global Barcoding Efforts in Africa; Mozambique Ecosystem Survey; Angola Fish Diversity Project; Fish Identification Course for Mozambican Fisheries Officials; ACEP Entering a New Phase; ASCLME; Local Education Outreach; The Great Trek - Collectons Move.

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