Coastal Fishes of the Western Indian OceanTHE COASTAL FISHES OF THE WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN at WIOMSA 2022
12th WIOMSA Symposium2022-10-11
SAIAB promoting the CFWIO five Volume publication at the 12th WIOMSA Symposium from 10-15 October 2022
Smith Memorial Lecture 20222022-10-02
Launch of the Coastal Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean publication.
SAIAB Wins Award at Scifest Africa science festival 20222022-09-16
Scifest Africa 2022 was held in Makhanda from 7-13 September 2022 with the theme "Back to the Basics"
SAIAB and MILE hosts UNIZULU Postgraduate Students for Summer School Programme2022-09-15
Postgraduate students from the University of Zululand at the NRF-SAIAB-MILE Summer School.
SAIAB Summer School 20222022-09-15
After 2 long years, SAIAB is proud to be running a Summer School again this year. Applications close 30 September 2022
SAIAB Postdoctoral Research Fellow Receives SASAqS Bronze Medal2022-09-01
Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists Congress 2022
SAIAB Seminar Series 2022 - Double Bill: Nobuhle Mpanza and Dinah Mukhari2022-08-18
Two presentations by Nobuhle Mpanza and Dinah Mukhari, PhD candidates, SAIAB and Rhodes University - Thursday, 25 August at 10:30
SAIAB PhD Student Elected as Student Representative at SAMSS Conference2022-08-08
Southern African Marine Science Symposium 2022
New biodiversity project2022-07-26
REFRESH: A new biodiversity project to fill knowledge gaps in South Africa’s freshwater systems
SAIAB Seminar Series 2022 - Dr Antony Knights and Dr Louise Firth2022-07-18
Two presentations by Dr Antony Knights and Dr Louise Firth from the University of Plymouth - Friday, 22 July at 12:00
Shark Awareness Day 20222022-07-14
The 14th July is observed as Shark Awareness Day, to create awareness and to eliminate misinformation about the ocean s top predator.
Wonders beneath the waves2022-07-08
Dr Chantel Elston shows the wonders beneath the waves at Plett Keurbooms estuary
New Research Vessel for UNIZULU2022-07-04
New Research Vessel for the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) through NRF-SAIAB’s ACEP Phuhlisa Programme
SAIAB Seminar Series 2022: Dr Pedro de Bragança (9 June 2022 at 10:30am)2022-05-31
Disentangling the evolution of the African lampeye fishes: a multidisciplinary approach
Dr Munetsi Zvavahera2022-05-26
SAIAB ACEP funded Doctoral graduate thesis is leading the way for the Government newly gazetted Freshwater Fisheries Policy
Saving the near extinct estuarine pipefish means protecting estuary health2022-05-11
The Syngnathus watermeyeri is a critically endangered estuarine pipefish which was declared extinct in 1994, only to be found again two years later...
SAIAB Seminar Series 2022: Professor Alan Whitfield2022-05-03
Fish and Fisheries in Global Estuaries webinar with Professor Alan Whitfield
REFRESH: New river project to fill knowledge gaps for freshwater species in South Africa2022-04-04
A new large project will renew data and fill knowledge gaps for freshwater species in South Africa and will inform species and ecosystem conservation.
Fish and Fisheries in Estuaries: A Global Perspective. Now available as of March 20222022-03-18
New book alert
Cutting edge lab to unlock marine pharmaceutical economy2022-03-08
Launch of the DSI/NRF-SAIAB/ UFH Bio-economy & Bio-discovery Joint Marine Laboratory (JML)
Climate Change Impacts on South Africa’s Coastal and Estuarine Fishes2022-03-02
Understanding the risks or impacts of climate change on fish biodiversity and communities is important in planning for a future climate.
Fundamentals of Tropical Freshwater Wetlands: From Ecology to Conservation Management2022-01-19
New book alerts: Tropical Freshwater Wetlands
Installation of life saving devices at Grey Dam2022-01-18
Announcement to the Makhanda (Grahamstown) Community.
Iconic specimen: A fish of a life time2021-12-06
An iconic and historically important specimen in the SAIAB Collections.
Pioneering study on the Australian redclaw crayfish in the Mighty Zambezi Basin, across four southern African countries2021-11-18
A first of its kind publication to establish the spread of invasive crayfish using a standardised approach...
SAIAB Student Symposium 20212021-11-18
This December, we invite you to join us for the NRF-SAIAB Student Symposium.
SAIAB Seminar Series 2021 - Thursday, 18 November at 18:002021-11-04
Deep waters in British Columbia mainland fjords show rapid warming and deoxygenation from 1951 to 2020 - Presented by Dr Jennifer Jackson.
SAIAB Seminar Series 2021 - Thursday, 4 November at 10:30am2021-10-26
Harnessing the metabolic potential of indigenous marine biodiversity–a multidisciplinary drug discovery pipeline Presented by Prof Rosemary Dorrington
SAIAB Seminar Series 2021 - Thursday, 21 October at 10:30am2021-10-13
What is science, and why is it so important today? - Presented by Professor Mike Bruton.
National Marine Week 20212021-10-11
Innovation in marine research by NRF-SAIAB Marine Research Infrastructures.
SAIAB PhD student, appointed to serve on ASLO Student Board2021-09-29
Manda Kambikambi appointed to serve on the Student Board of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.
SAIAB Annual Smith Memorial Lecture2021-09-29
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, 23 September 2021 at 17h30 for 18h00.
SAIAB HERITAGE DAY COMPETITION2021-09-28
Enter now and win Exciting PRIZES Competition closes 8 October 2021.
SAIAB makes science fun, accessible and more attractive in African languages2021-09-02
Short films produced by the SAIAB Inland Fisheries and Freshwater Ecology research group in different African languages.
SAIAB Freshwater Research Group contributions to the FSBI 2021 virtual SymposiumThe NRF-SAIAB Freshwater Research Group presents its research-impact in SA at FSBI 2021 virtual Symposium .
New book by Mike Bruton, Honorary Research Associate to SAIAB2021-07-22
Harambee: The spirit of innovation in Africa
Acoustic telemetry in shark research2021-07-20
South Africa is one of the top three global hotspots for sharks and rays, harbouring 204 species and one-third of the global fauna...
SAIAB Seminar Series - Thursday, 1 July 2021 at 10:30am2021-06-24
ATAP comes of age – the first decade of aquatic animal tracking in South Africa
New book by Mike Bruton, Honorary Research Associate of SAIAB2021-06-15
‘Curious Notions. Reflections of an Imagineer’
World Ocean Day2021-06-09
Special video message from the NRF-SAIAB Managing Director, Dr Angus Paterson.
First Global DNA Study of Two Iconic Kingfish Reveals New Populations2021-06-04
A team of scientists from SAIAB and the USA have partnered with anglers across the world to tackle a big unknown for the fishing community.
SAIAB Seminar Series - Thursday, 3 June 2021 at 10:30am2021-05-24
Using the Micro to Understand the Macro: How Genetics and Chemistry Help Us Tackle Big Questions in Fisheries and Evolutionary Biology
Beyond Jaws: Rediscovering South Africa’s Lost Sharks2021-05-03
SAIAB Seminar Series - Thursday, 6 MAY 2021 at 06:00 PM
Linking citizen science and natural history specimens through effective education & displays2021-03-18
Join us for the first launch of the 2021 SAIAB Seminar Series on Thursday, 1 April at 09:00 AM.
Professor Mike Bruton, receives lifetime achievement award2021-02-16
The Royal Society of South Africa announces the award of its prestigious Marloth Medal to Prof Mike Bruton.
Carp in South Africa – The good, the bad and the muddy2021-01-21
The duality of carp in SA – a source of fresh protein for the local community and its effect in the decline of lake flora and fauna…
SAIAB 2021 CALENDARResearch Infrastructure in Support of the Blue Economy
2020 Postgraduate Conference2020-11-11
An opportunity for PhD and master s students to share their research in just 3 minutes
PANEL DISCUSSION: The Rise of South Africa s Blue Economy vs The Need to Nurture a Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystem2020-11-10
Happening TODAY (Tuesday, 10 November) at 6pm - Register for FREE!
A Review of Freshwater Crayfish Introductions in Africa2020-11-05
Investigating the impact of freshwater crayfish species and monitoring the extent of their spread...
Collaboration with the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity2020-11-01
Are you a researcher interested in using cutting-edge marine and freshwater research platforms?
National Marine Week Ocean Heroes - AERP2020-10-16
NRF-SAIAB Ocean Heroes for National Marine Week 2020 - AERP
National Marine Week Ocean Hero - Dr Kerry Ann van der Walt2020-10-15
NRF-SAIAB Ocean Hero for National Marine Week 2020 - Dr Kerry-Ann van der Walt
National Marine Week Ocean Hero - Dr Nikki James2020-10-14
NRF-SAIAB Ocean Hero for National Marine Week 2020 - Dr Nikki James
National Marine Week Ocean Hero - Dr Francesca Porri2020-10-13
NRF-SAIAB Ocean Hero for National Marine Week 2020 - Dr Francesca Porri
SAIAB goatfish listed as an endangered species – IUCN Red List2020-09-08
The SAIAB goatfish was considered an endangered species among 29 Mullidae species assessed during an IUCN Red List workshop...
Development of new antibiotics2020-08-20
SAIAB is part of international research seeking the development of new antibiotics...
This Women’s Month, the NRF is celebrating #WomenAtTheHeartOfSTEM – the NRF is proud to be a small part of their journey. Read their story...
New report reveals shocking global decline in migratory fish2020-07-29
The LPI report finds that globally monitored migratory freshwater fish populations have declined by a staggering 76% on average since 1970...
Home-grown Success Moves into Management at “Entlanzini”2020-06-30
Nkosinathi Mazungula promoted to Collections Manager at SAIAB...
SAIAB colleagues win in the CMR World Oceans Day Competition2020-06-12
Two SAIAB colleagues win in the CMR World Oceans Day Competition...
Journal of Fish Biology2020-05-26
A special issue on the African Freshwater Fishes | Vol. 96 | Number 5 | May 2020
Taxonomic revision leads to description of new moray eel species2020-05-07
Gymnothorax elaineheemstrae is a new species of moray eel described by Sithole et al. in a study recently published in Zootaxa...
MESSAGE FROM THE MD2020-02-21
COVID-19 Message from the Managing Director
Talking plastic pollution in our oceans at National Marine Week 20192020-01-27
National Marine Week was celebrated by a collaboration of different organizations at the Nelson Mandela University’s Ocean Sciences Campus in 2019...
Celebrating 50 years as a Research Institute2019-11-20
SAIAB celebrates 50 years as a Research Institute & 20 years as a National Facility of the NRF.
Celebrating 50 years as a Research Institute2019-11-20
SAIAB celebrates 50 years as a Research Institute and 20 years as a National Facility of the NRF...
WWF Plastic Pollution Initiative2019-10-30
WWF interns based at SAIAB and ECPTA collaboratively ran a plastics clean up initiative on the stretch of land behind Nombulelo Secondary School...
SAIAB Summer School2019-09-30
Applications for the SAIAB Summer School are now open and the deadline for submission is the 01 November 2019.
Annual Smith Memorial Lecture2019-09-26
NRF-SAIAB holds the annual Smith Memorial Lecture in memory of Professor JLB Smith and Professor Margaret Mary Smith...
Curator Emeritus - Dr Phil Heemstra2019-08-29
Linefish resilience in the Anthropocene2019-08-19
The Southern African Marine Linefish Symposium (SAMLS) held its 5th convention from 8-11 July 2019...
RV SA Agulhas II Open Day2019-08-07
Women in Science on Ships - SAIAB Celebrates Women in Science at the RV SA Agulhas II Open Day at the Port of East London.
5th southern African Marine Linefish Symposium2019-07-08
Catch the 5th SAMLS from 9 - 11 July, 2019 with the theme "Linefish resilience in the Anthropocene"
Vacuum cleaners of the sea: in the age of anthropogenic impacts2019-07-03
Coastal ecosystems are among the most productive systems on Earth, however, climate change & manmade disturbances can have profound effects on them...
Isopod taxonomy shows genetic links across GondwanaResearch visit identifies need for collaboration among marine researchers working in the western and eastern Indian Ocean regions
A new publication by estuarine ecologist Professor Alan Whitfield draws attention to the plight of fishes in southern African estuaries...
Masters & PhD CallCall for applications SANOCEAN Masters & PhD project opportunities...
SAIAB Seminar Series 2019 Dr Irit ZoharDr Zohar focuses on finding evidence of coastal foraging and fish exploitation on the South Africa Eastern Cape Province over the last 30,000 years.
SAIAB Seminar Series 20192019-05-15
Coastal ecosystems are among the most productive systems on Earth, providing a wide variety of services beneficial to humans.
Dyantyi fosters the ‘Science with and for society’ objective of #RRI2019-05-02
Siphelele Dyantyi reported the results from his MSc research project to the community of Ndlambe Municipality, in Port Alfred...
The Sea Fishes of Southern Africa - Digitised2019-04-29
The Sea Fishes of Southern Africa by JLB Smith has been digitised and is available from BHL...
Water World flows at Scifest Africa2019-04-05
South Africa’s National Science Festival celebrated its 23rd edition from 6 to 12 March 2019 and Water World was part of the celebrations...
Celebrating 20 Years of the National Research Foundation2019-04-03
Celebrating 20 Years of the NRF
SAIAB empowers and positions youth for aquatic related work at WWE2019-03-27
SAIAB participated at the Working World Exhibition’s 20 Year milestone event - Read More:
WATER WORLD floods into Scifest2019-03-05
South Africa’s annual National Science Festival runs from 6-12 March 2019. Come and "Discover you element" at the Water World stands...
SciFest Africa: SAIAB placing RRI in its element2019-02-18
Scifest Africa 2019 runs from 6 – 12 March with the theme “Discover your element”...
SAIAB Embeds RRI through Summer School2019-02-11
SAIAB engaged the next generation of young marine scientists through hosting its second annual Summer School... READ MORE:
Single-use Plastic - Public Presentation2019-01-29
Hayley Mclellan from Two Oceans Aquarium presents, “Talking Trash and Solutions”...
In Memoriam – Professor Jay O’Keeffe2019-01-14
It is with great sadness that SAIAB notes the passing of Professor Jay O’Keeffe in the early hours of 31st December 2018...
Guide For Responsible Recreational Fishing Launched2018-12-05
As you head to the coast for holidays☀️remember what it means to be a #ResponsibleAngler - Read the guidelines for responsible recreational fishing...
Seminar: Dr Melissa Martin (School of Marine & Environmental Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu):2018-11-30
Journey of a Researcher: Past, Present & Future
SAIAB hosts visiting Malaysian researcher2018-11-12
The JLB Smith Collection Management Centre provides a collection-sorting laboratory, accommodation for collection staff and for visiting scientists.
Tackling the Taxonomic ImpedimentHealthy ecosystems and biodiversity are integral to human well-being and sustainable development.
Embedding Nucleus & RRI principles at SciCom100 Conference2018-11-07
SAIAB’s very own thought leader in science communication, Penny Haworth (Communications Manager) presenting at SciCom100 Conference 2018.
Seminar: Denis Tweddle: 6th November 20182018-11-01
Aquatic environments destroyed and fish stocks collapsed in Malawi; Twin crises facing Zambezian rivers and lakes
Seminar:Dumisani Khosa, Lubabalo Mofu & Dr Josie South: 30th October 20182018-10-29
Seminar: Lyle Vorsatz: 25th October 20182018-10-24
The importance of mangrove microhabitats occurring close to their distributional limits: An invertebrate and fish larval perspective
Review of the hunt for ‘dinosaurs’ in Sodwana Bay’s underwater canyons2018-10-11
Review of the hunt for ‘dinosaurs’ in Sodwana Bay’s underwater canyons.
The Annual Smith Memorial Lecture2018-10-08
SAIAB and Penguin Random House invite you to the Annual Smith Memorial Lecture and Book Launch.
National Science Week2018-08-10
SAIAB has once again participated in the countrywide celebration of science. Read more to see what exciting projects SAIAB has done:
Presentation: Becky Cudmore and Nick Mandrak: 10th August 20182018-08-08
Working effectively at the science-policy interface on biodiversity issues: perspectives from both sides
Seminar: Dr Sarah Viana: 8th August 20182018-08-03
Yes, WE women CAN describe shark species too!
New directions in mosquito controlBiological control using native predators can be an effective, environmentally-friendly approach to manage mosquito populations.
Fishes of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River, Botswana2018-07-10
Join Mike Bruton and Paul Skelton for the launch of their new book: 19th July 2018
SA Science Lens2018-07-02
Photographic exhibition at the National Arts Festival 28 June - 8 July 2018. Free.
Seminar: Prof Paul Cowley: 21 June 20182018-06-15
Insights into the coastal movements and mortality of selected sharks and rays equipped with acoustic transmitters
SAIAB collaborates in new coelacanth search2018-06-11
SAIAB is playing a leading role in new coelacanth search. Find out what Dr Angus Paterson, managing director of SAIAB had to say.
Expedition to find coelacanths in Sodwana Bay2018-06-04
A team of marine scientists and film-crew have begun a trip in search for the coelacanth, South Africa’s “dinosaur fish”.
Seminar: Prof Paul Skelton 23rd May 20182018-05-18
Sir Andrew Smith, the father of South African Zoology: his contributions to freshwater Ichthyology in South Africa
SAIAB – On a Journey to Transformation2018-05-08
SAIAB showing its commitment to the transformation agenda.
Celebrating World Fish Migration Day2018-04-23
Prof Olaf Weyl at the Addo Elephant Park
DST Minister and DG visit Water World at SAIAB during Scifest Africa 20182018-04-14
Minister of the Department of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, and the Deputy General, Dr Phil Mjwara visit Water World
First glimpses of deeper benthic habitats inform Phakisa Marine Protected Area Expansion InitiativeThe Phakisa Ocean Economy proposed a network of 21 new or expanded Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
Presentation: Prof Dr Juergen Geist: 16th March 20182018-03-14
Aquatic Biodiversity Conservation in Europe: Challenges and Strategies
Seminar: Dr Francesca Porri: 1 March 20182018-02-26
The Chronicles of Lavia
Home coming for new NRF DCEO - Dr Clifford Nxomani2017-12-11
SAIAB Congratulates Dr Clifford Nxomani on his appointment as DCEO NRF Infrastructure Platforms
Seminar: Dr Claudio Oliveira: 29th November 20172017-11-28
Fish biodiversity and evolution in the Neotropical Region
Seminar: Dr Stephanie Januchowski Hartley 17th November2017-11-17
Mapping and modelling the impacts of dams, weirs, and road culverts on freshwater fishes
The Annotated Old Fourlegs: book launch 16th November 20172017-11-10
SAIAB and Penguin Random House invite you to the launch by Mike Bruton of the updated story of the coelacanth
Inland Fisheries and Freshwater Ecology Research Chair at SAIAB2017-11-08
The overall goal of the Chair is to develop regional capacity and research on inland fisheries to support their sustainable development.
Presentation: Dr Albert Chakona 2nd November2017-11-01
Bridging knowledge: East meets West
SAIAB promotes healthy living on Womans Day2017-08-10
Wellness Committee partners with local community platforms to promote healthy living on Womans Day
Seminar: Ivan Martins: 19th July 20172017-07-13
Vulnerability to and perceptions of climate change among small-scale fishers from the South Brazil Bight
Seminar; Alexei Dreyer: 29th June2017-06-29
Disentangling the influence of spatial and environmental processes in structuring warm-temperate reef fish communities
Seminar: Bernard Erasmus 22 June2017-06-20
Fish on acid: ocean acidification impairs fish growth and skeletal developmen
Emerging freshwater biologists develop field skills2017-05-18
Students learn field research techniques in multi-institutional collaboration to monitor river rehabilitation
Answering the call of the ocean2017-04-10
A new intake of Ocean Stewards will accompany marine scientists on a 30-day expedition
ACEP ImidaACEP Imida
Proud to be Pi2017-03-14
ORCID celebrates its 3,141,593rd registrant! SAIAB's Prof Olaf Weyl.
RV Phakisa opens new opportunities for marine research2017-02-24
Custom-built coastal craft, R/V Phakisa, opens up new research opportunities for South African marine science
Ethical considerations for field research on fishes2016-12-21
What are the ethical requirements of journals publishing primary research on fishes?
Cruise sets out to unlock Secrets of the DeepDeep reefs and the communities that inhabit them are difficult environments to access
Tribute to Dave P. Voorvelt2016-11-04
Senior Artist, JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology
Seminar: Dr Holly Nel: 20th October 20162016-10-19
Microplastic, a “macro” problem
Deep Secrets: Cruise News2016-10-13
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 September2016-09-21
Professor Renzo Perissinotto: Extant marine stromatolites of the Eastern Cape: a window into the earliest life on Earth?
Seminar 15 September: Carla Edworthy2016-09-09
Insights into Ocean Acidification
Seminar: 25th August: Siphelele Dyantyi2016-08-25
Alongshore Mesoscale Transport of Larvae
National Science Week 08 to 12 August2016-08-08
National Science Week a great success
Seminar: Dr Francesca Porri: 28th July 20162016-07-21
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 basin2016-06-23
An assessment of management interventions in one of the poorest countries in the world
World Fish Migration Day talk 23rd May2016-05-19
Prof Olaf Weyl: The secret life of slippery, slimy eels
UFH Department of Zoology and Entomology graduates celebrate2016-05-17
ACEP Phuhlisa Programme funded four students
Seminar NOW ON 28th April: Jessica Glass: Long live the kingfish2016-04-13
How genetics can inform the past present and future of the royal family
Dr Kerry Sink a 2016 Pew Marine Fellow2016-03-08
Dr Kerry Sink heads up the SANBI Marine Programme and is a SAIAB Honorary Research Associate.
The evolution, behaviour and ecology of the Giant TrevallyThe 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 20162016-02-18
The SAIAB/ NRF Aquazone stand at WWE focuses on aquatic biodiversity research
Seminar: Nkosinathi Mazungula and Bosupeng Motshegoa Thursday 11 Feb 20162016-02-11
A growing body of evidence suggests that hidden diversity is prevalent in many freshwater fishes
Guest seminar: Dr Fabio Di Dario Wed 10 February2016-02-05
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 AfricaSystematic study into the diversity of South Africa’s freshwater crabs was launched in the early 1990s
New Year Greetings2016-01-29
Wishing you a bright 2016
End-of-Year Opening Hours2015-12-24
SAIAB will be closed from noon 24th December 2015, re-opening 4th January 2016.
Informing Policy and Decision MakingGenerating knowledge on the distributions, spread and impacts of alien invasive species in South Africa
Seminar: Morgana Tagliarolo: 18th November2015-11-13
Physiology of intertidal organisms: from the individual to the ecosystem
Seminar: Mandla Magoro: 29th October 20152015-10-27
The impact of introduced largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides, on indigenous marine fish in the lower Kowie River
Smith Memorial Lecture 2015 14th October 20152015-10-09
Guest speaker: Prof Michelle Hamer, Director of Zoological Systematics at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
Olaf Weyl receives WRC 2015 Knowledge Tree Award2015-10-01
Prof Olaf Weyl honoured for "incredible impact made in pursuit of scientific excellence and real-life relevance".
Seminar: Prof Olaf Weyl 3 Sept2015-09-07
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 spotlight2015-08-26
Five research units tackle report on economic value of recreational fishing: David MacGregor Senior Reporter at the Daily Dispatch reports.
Wildlands Ocean Stewards initiativeThe ACEP Biosurrogacy Project has teamed up with Wildlands Conservation Trust to create The Ocean Stewards initiative.
National Science Week 1 to 8 August 20152015-07-30
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 July2015-07-27
From zooplankton to humans: perspectives on vulnerability and resilience from UNESCO World Heritage Ecosystems
From the latest SAASTA getSETgo newsletter2015-07-24
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 Gouws2015-06-22
Walking sideways: revisiting the diversity of freshwater crabs in eastern South Africa.
Rhodes University recruits two new Honorary Professors2015-06-02
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 expedition2015-05-28
SAIAB's Dr Paul Skelton and Nkosinathi Mazungula are part of the group
Book launch: South African coasts2015-05-14
South African Coasts: A celebration of our seas and shores
Seminar: Dr Ali Götz2015-05-11
Diving under the ice: A first attempt at quantitative krill assessments in the Antarctic winter
Africa’s largest known freshwater copepod describedA new species of copepod has just been described
Seminar: Prof Jay Stauffer2015-04-22
The Diversity of Fishes and Fish Behaviour in Lake Malawi
Book launch: When I was a fish: tales of an ichthyologist2015-04-17
Mike Bruton became obsessed with fishes during his early childhood and carried this passion with him throughout his career.
Water World 20152015-03-18
Wander through watery wonders at Water World - Scifest Africa 2015
Seminar: Ofer Gon2015-03-03
Scale development in cardinalfishes and its wider implications
Seminar: Dr Kelly Ortega Cisneros2015-02-09
An application of the Atlantis End-to-End model for the southern Benguela system
Seminar: Dr Jennifer Jackson2015-02-05
Satellite surface chlorophyll off the British Columbia coast, 1997-2010
The development of an amphibian research collection at SAIABDiversifying 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 migrations2014-12-17
A joint initiative by ORI and SAIAB
Launch of Algoa Bay Hope Spot2014-12-12
"We're all sea creatures - no ocean - no us"
Not just old stuff in boxes - Special Collections in the Margaret Smith LibraryThe 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 surface2014-09-18
Sandprawns provide insight into the ecological value of estuaries
Seminar: Olwethu DunaVertical larval distribution in relation to the water column structure
Tackling wicked problems in Canada2014-09-04
Managing invasive species presents a ‘wicked problem’
Seminar:Timothy Leslie and Dr Tshoanelo MiyaTimothy Leslie discusses the juvenile Cape Stumpnose and Dr Tshoanelo Miya talks surviving the freezing-waters of the Southern Ocean.
SeaKeys: Unlocking foundational marine biodiversity knowledgeSAIAB uses DNA barcoding to provide vital information on genetic diversity in marine species
Institutions Join Forces To Reduce Shark Attacks2014-07-30
Transmitters used to monitor dangerous sharks along the KwaZulu- Natal coastline
Penny Haworth Wins Prestigious SANCOR Award2014-07-23
Marine and coastal communication recognised at awards
Seminar: Dr Paula PattrickIt may not be the Seychelles…but it’s ALGOA BAY! Discovering larval fish nursery habitats
Research Project in Seychelles Produces Pleasing Results2014-07-01
Exploring fish connectivity in the South West Indian Ocean
Seminar: Paul Cowley2014-06-24
Exploring remote islands and atolls in the South Western Indian Ocean
Tragic loss to marine science2014-06-20
“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 Event2014-06-10
Dr Paul Cowley discusses the consequences of over- fishing.
World Fish Migration Day Event A Success2014-05-14
Paul Cowley gives WFMD presentation on fish migration in Port Alfred
Dr Olaf Weyl presents at American Fisheries Society2014-04-09
"History, status and management of black bass (Micropterus) species in South Africa"
Talk at DIFS: Dr Greta Peci: Redmap: an online database and mapping resource2014-04-08
Redmap (Range Extension Database and Mapping project, is an online database and mapping resource. The public can submit observational data
Understanding the aliens among usHistory, status and management of Black bass (Micropterus) species in South Africa
Seminar: Ofer Gon and Mellissa Peyper2014-03-24
The taxonomy of bathylagid fishes of the Southern Hemisphere
Water World Kicks off2014-03-14
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 20142014-02-26
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, KAUST2014-02-24
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 AfricaHistory, status and management of black bass (Micropterus) species in South Africa
Pseudobarbus skeltoni, the giant redfin minnow that evaded scientists for over a centuryPseudobarbus skeltoni, the giant redfin minnow that evaded scientists for over a century
Coelacanth 75 feature in M&G supported by DST2014-01-22
Feature on DST/NRF Marine Research
Introducing China to two icons of biodiversity in SA – the rhino and the coelacanth2014-01-21
SAIAB at the Beijing Science Festival
Building on the South African Coelacanth LegacyThe impact of the discovery of the living coelcanth
Smith Memorial Lecture2013-11-20
South African Coelacanths: Surprises, Secrets and Opportunities for Science. Guest speaker: Kerry Sink.
Seminar: Brian GodfreyCounting Rock Lobsters in Tristan da Cunha
West coast rock lobster and popular line fish drop from green to orange2013-10-08
WWF-SASSI’s (Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative) recently updated seafood consumer guide showcases improvements but also highlights concerns
Seminar: Dr Evie WietersThermal regime and upwelling modify benthic community structure and shift the balance of negative and positive interactions
Seminar: Dr. Sergio A. NavarreteLarval 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 Africa2013-09-02
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: Evolutionary drivers of diversification and distribution of stream fishes in the south-western Cape Floristic Region2013-08-28
... testing the role of historical isolation and post-speciation range expansion
Seminar: Dr Albert Chakona2013-08-28
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
Seminar: Oyama Siqwepu: The effect of dietary microalgae on the development and nutritional profile of the calanoid, Pseudodiaptomus hesseiOyama Siqwepu is a MSc student at the University of Fort Hare.
Dinofish video showing2013-08-14
A repeat of the showing of this Earth Touch Productions video at Science Week
The Women and the Coelacanth2013-08-07
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 crabsSymbiosis 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 FutureTim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, published an article in 2001 describing a revolutionary idea: that of the Semantic Web.
Overfishing threatens quarter of key grouper species2013-07-04
Important grouper fish species are under threat due to lax management and overexploitation
Seminar: Dr Romina Henriques: The Benguela CurrentThe 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 removalIn 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 Conference2013-06-05
Research Platforms contribute towards protection and preservation of coastal and marine environments supporting sustainable economic and social growth
Coelacanth genome surfacesAn international team of researchers from 40 institutions from 12 countries has decoded the genome of the African coelacanth.
Gombessa Coelacanth Expedition2013-04-04
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 DevelopmentIn 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.
From the archives: the Eric Latimer diaryEric 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 SiteThe 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.
Sub Antarctic notothenioid fish systematicsThe 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.
Prof Skelton joins the Distinguished Old RhodiansProf 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 Bodill2012-08-25
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 Partners2012-08-01
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 swimThe 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 MultilingualismSAIAB 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.
SAIAB involvement in the BHL Biodiversity Africa Organisational and Planning InitiativeThe Biodiversity Heritage Library Africa recently held the inaugral Africa Organisational & Planning Initiative meeting in Cape Town
Annual Research Report 2011This 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.
Ofer shares his experience and findings on his expedition to the Prince Edwards IslandsThe 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 wetland2012-06-08
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 WorkshopSAIAB 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 note2012-06-08
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 JUNEOn 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 MayMarine 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.
Collections Development and Diversification – specifically the growing Amphibian CollectionMany 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.
DIFS students excited about their interaction with SAIABSAIAB 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 & SAIABSouth 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.
A Christmas Story: 22 December 1938On 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...
So Long! And Thanks for the Fish2011-10-06
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“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 OceanClimate 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.
If you catch a fish - let it go 22-08-2011Many 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 researchThe 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 Africa2011-08-02
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 14-07-2011In 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 28-06-2011Seldom 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 ProjectGlobally, 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.
Working together for the benefit of our Marine Environments 31-05-2011Approximately 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“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 13-05-20112011-05-13
“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 04-04-2011The 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 01-04-2011Surprisingly 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 31-03-2011Stephen 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 24-03-2011The 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 23-03-2011SAEON (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 11-03-20112011-03-15
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 02-03-2011Devoted 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 09-02-2011On 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 CollectionApproximately 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! 12-01-2011SASSB Conference (19-21 January) to investigate biological diversity
Message from the DirectorSAIAB 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 07-12-20102010-12-07
Coastal whales and dolphins of the Eastern cape: A guide for everyone with an interest in whales and dolphins
World AIDS day 1st December 07-12-2010Since 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 05-11-2010SAIAB publishes user-friendly 'Guide to the Ecology of Temporarily Open/Closed Estuaries'.
Beyond the SCUBA rangeIn 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 18-10-2010Mackay 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 PasellaPaul 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 waters2010-10-11
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 17-09-2010In 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 LibraryThe 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 13-09-2010On 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?” 27-08-2010Dr 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 16/08/2010This 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 scienceMinister 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 04-08-2010Friday, 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 30-07-20102010-07-30
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 20-07-2010Rhodes 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 08-07-2010Highway 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 heritageBiodiversity has always been viewed in isolation as falling outside social, political and economic spheres. However, the importance of biodiversity conservation is critical to all.
SAIAB AND ASCLME CELEBRATE WORLD OCEANS DAY IN GRAHAMSTOWN 08-06-2010ASCLME and WIO-LaB shows how Rivers of Life and Oceans of Plenty produce a bountiful biodiversity
Planet earth: our remarkable home 28-05-20102010-05-28
Prof Skelton speaks about “B for Biodiversity- to B or not to B”
BIODIVERSITY COLLOQUIUM SETS THE SCENE FOR 2010 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF BIODIVERSITY 25-05-2010Rhodes 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 25-05-2010SAIAB takes advantage of the "clean slate" and prepares to move forward with science advancement
THE 2010 SOUTH AFRICAN PHD PROJECT CONFERENCE 12-05-2010The 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 11-05-20102010-05-11
The Coelacanth visits Gauteng
TAKING A DETOUR TO SAIAB 06-05-2010Bishops Diocesan School’s boys fascinated with all the fish at SAIAB
SAIAB AND ALBANY COLLABORATE IN SCIENCE 03-05-2010After years of working separately, SAIAB and Albany Museum agree to link collections for the benefit of science
Reddy is ready for masters 21-04-2010Poogendri 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 21-04-20102010-04-21
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 17-04-2010Scifest 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"Living fossil" wows hearts and minds at Scifest Africa
NEMBA Alien Invasive Species maps [now outdated]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 yearsInvesting 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 sighting2009-06-01
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 2008Inside 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
No. 1 on the Top 10 New Species for 2007Phil 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 2008Inside 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!
Nomathotholo Vol 1 Issue 1 December 2007Inside 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.