News » SAIAB Video for National Marine Week 2021

The #NationalMarineWeek theme this year is about celebrating “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods”.

National Marine Week is an annual marine awareness campaign which aims to raise awareness about the conservation of the ocean and coastal environments. Innovation in marine research is required to fully appreciate our ocean and the opportunities within our coasts. For #MarineWeek2021, we share some of the advances and technologies used by NRF-SAIAB’s marine research platforms to ensure the sustainability of the marine environment and in support of the Blue Economy. These include research vessels and innovative equipment such acoustic telemetry, baited remote underwater stereo-video systems (stereo-BRUVs), and the Seaeye Falcon remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capable of working down to 300-meter depth, all invested to marine research.

You can watch the video and more from our YouTube Channel

Other video productions for National Marine Week:

SAIAB scientists within the Seascape Ecology research group take us on an underwater journey, highlighting some of the important fish nursery habitats in Algoa Bay. They discuss the importance of seaweed and seagrass in Algoa Bay as nursery habitats for marine species, especially fishes and how these need to be protected and taken care of to maximise the benefits that these habitats ultimately provide for people. The Seascape Ecology student scientists discuss their exciting research that aims to understand how these habitats function as nurseries in order to make recommendations for their protection and conservation.

To celebrate this important and special occasion, SAIAB's Aquatic Ecophysiology Research Platform (AERP) are running a series of three videos, which highlight the important research conducted within the AERP Lab and its contribution to life and livelihoods.
This first video introduces the AERP's innovative equipment, controlled environmental rooms and recirculating saltwater system setups that are available for scientists to conduct their research, which focuses on the physiology of larval, juvenile and adult fish and invertebrates.

This video introduces the Coastal and Ocean Sciences Team (COST) which makes use of the Aquatic Ecophysiology Research Platform (AERP) equipment and facilities to conduct research.

The COST aims to gain important insights on the individual physiological responses of coastal organisms to the environment. This is important as it provides insight to how entire populations may be performing under certain environmental conditions, hence helping us predict species distribution and ranges. These efforts are of particular relevance to establish if species can react, persist and adapt to climate variability and extreme events.

Here's to the COST and the valuable information provided by their research to protect and serve our aquatic environments!

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