News Archive

Coastal Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean


12th WIOMSA Symposium


SAIAB promoting the CFWIO five Volume publication at the 12th WIOMSA Symposium from 10-15 October 2022

Smith Memorial Lecture 2022


Launch of the Coastal Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean publication.

SAIAB Wins Award at Scifest Africa science festival 2022


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 Programme


Postgraduate students from the University of Zululand at the NRF-SAIAB-MILE Summer School.

SAIAB Summer School 2022


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 Medal


Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists Congress 2022

SAIAB Seminar Series 2022 - Double Bill: Nobuhle Mpanza and Dinah Mukhari


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 Conference


Southern African Marine Science Symposium 2022

SAIAB Seminar Series - Dr Chantel Elston


Science on my doorstep: What lives in the Keurbooms estuary?

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New biodiversity project


REFRESH: A new biodiversity project to fill knowledge gaps in South Africa’s freshwater systems

Diversity of the lampeye fishes

Identifying the diversity of the southern Africa lampeye fishes (Lacustricola)

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SAIAB Seminar Series 2022 - Dr Antony Knights and Dr Louise Firth


Two presentations by Dr Antony Knights and Dr Louise Firth from the University of Plymouth - Friday, 22 July at 12:00

Shark Awareness Day 2022


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 waves


Dr Chantel Elston shows the wonders beneath the waves at Plett Keurbooms estuary

New Research Vessel for UNIZULU


New Research Vessel for the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) through NRF-SAIAB’s ACEP Phuhlisa Programme

World Oceans Day 8 June 2022



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SAIAB Seminar Series 2022: Dr Pedro de Bragança (9 June 2022 at 10:30am)


Disentangling the evolution of the African lampeye fishes: a multidisciplinary approach

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Dr Munetsi Zvavahera


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 health


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 Whitfield


Fish and Fisheries in Global Estuaries webinar with Professor Alan Whitfield

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What’s in a name?


Investigation into Indian Ocean fishes shows the impact of the science of naming and describing fish species.

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Can an alien invasion doom our inland fisheries?


Alien crayfish pose a real threat not only to local species but also to the livelihoods of rural people.

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REFRESH: New river project to fill knowledge gaps for freshwater species in South Africa


A new large project will renew data and fill knowledge gaps for freshwater species in South Africa and will inform species and ecosystem conservation.

Cutting edge lab to unlock marine pharmaceutical economy


Launch of the DSI/NRF-SAIAB/ UFH Bio-economy & Bio-discovery Joint Marine Laboratory (JML)

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Research Infrastructure in Support of the Blue Economy

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Climate Change Impacts on South Africa’s Coastal and Estuarine Fishes


Understanding the risks or impacts of climate change on fish biodiversity and communities is important in planning for a future climate.

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Aquatic pollution and the African Clawed Frog


SA inland fisheries are vulnerable to pollution from various sources.

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Too hot or too cold to handle?


Projected impacts of climate change and vulnerability of coastal species in a warm-temperate African region.

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Fundamentals of Tropical Freshwater Wetlands: From Ecology to Conservation Management


New book alerts: Tropical Freshwater Wetlands

Installation of life saving devices at Grey Dam


Announcement to the Makhanda (Grahamstown) Community.

Iconic specimen: A fish of a life time


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 countries


A first of its kind publication to establish the spread of invasive crayfish using a standardised approach...

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SAIAB Student Symposium 2021


This December, we invite you to join us for the NRF-SAIAB Student Symposium.

SAIAB Seminar Series 2021 - Thursday, 18 November at 18:00


Deep waters in British Columbia mainland fjords show rapid warming and deoxygenation from 1951 to 2020 - Presented by Dr Jennifer Jackson.

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SAIAB Seminar Series 2021 - Thursday, 4 November at 10:30am


Harnessing the metabolic potential of indigenous marine biodiversity–a multidisciplinary drug discovery pipeline Presented by Prof Rosemary Dorrington

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SAIAB Seminar Series 2021 - Thursday, 21 October at 10:30am


What is science, and why is it so important today? - Presented by Professor Mike Bruton.

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National Marine Week 2021


Innovation in marine research by NRF-SAIAB Marine Research Infrastructures.

SAIAB PhD student, appointed to serve on ASLO Student Board


Manda Kambikambi appointed to serve on the Student Board of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

SAIAB Annual Smith Memorial Lecture


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, 23 September 2021 at 17h30 for 18h00.



Enter now and win Exciting PRIZES Competition closes 8 October 2021.

SAIAB Annual Smith Memorial Lecture - Promotion


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, 23 September 2021 at 17h30 for 18h00.

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SAIAB makes science fun, accessible and more attractive in African languages


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 Symposium

The NRF-SAIAB Freshwater Research Group presents its research-impact in SA at FSBI 2021 virtual Symposium .

SAIAB News Release on Mangroves


New global study reveals that mangroves might be threatened by low functional diversity of invertebrates.

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New book by Mike Bruton, Honorary Research Associate to SAIAB


Harambee: The spirit of innovation in Africa

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Acoustic telemetry in shark research


South Africa is one of the top three global hotspots for sharks and rays, harbouring 204 species and one-third of the global fauna...

DeepSea Life Publication Issue 17, July 2021


Deep Forests: Amathole Lace Coral Gardens among the Sacred Places of the South African Deep Sea.

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Ocean acidification


Dr Carla Edworthy tells us how Ocean acidification threatens the world’s marine environment, and research advances in South Africa.

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SAIAB Seminar Series - Thursday, 1 July 2021 at 10:30am


ATAP comes of age – the first decade of aquatic animal tracking in South Africa

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New book by Mike Bruton, Honorary Research Associate of SAIAB


‘Curious Notions. Reflections of an Imagineer’

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World Ocean Day


Special video message from the NRF-SAIAB Managing Director, Dr Angus Paterson.

First Global DNA Study of Two Iconic Kingfish Reveals New Populations


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.

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SAIAB Seminar Series - Thursday, 3 June 2021 at 10:30am


Using the Micro to Understand the Macro: How Genetics and Chemistry Help Us Tackle Big Questions in Fisheries and Evolutionary Biology

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Reflections on the swamp


SAIAB Seminar Series - Thursday, 13 MAY 2021 at 10:30am

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Beyond Jaws: Rediscovering South Africa’s Lost Sharks


SAIAB Seminar Series - Thursday, 6 MAY 2021 at 06:00 PM

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Tracking inshore fish


Rebecca Vuyolwethu Mxo tells us how sound is used to understand the movements of coastal fishery species.

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SAIAB News Release on SA Shark Checklist


Curious about what shark species occur in South Africa? First SA Shark checklist - Published

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Inland waters of southern Africa


World Water Day - exploring the inland waters of southern Africa

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Linking citizen science and natural history specimens through effective education & displays


Join us for the first launch of the 2021 SAIAB Seminar Series on Thursday, 1 April at 09:00 AM.

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Professor Mike Bruton, receives lifetime achievement award


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 muddy


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…


Research Infrastructure in Support of the Blue Economy

SAIAB Student Symposium


Happening Tuesday, 8 December 2020.

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Official Announcement

In Memoriam – Professor Olaf Laurence Friedrich Weyl 17th February 1972 – 14th November 2020

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2020 Postgraduate Conference


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 Ecosystem


Happening TODAY (Tuesday, 10 November) at 6pm - Register for FREE!

A Review of Freshwater Crayfish Introductions in Africa


Investigating the impact of freshwater crayfish species and monitoring the extent of their spread...

Freshwater pollution and the African clawed frog

Chemical pollutants such as insecticides in our dams and rivers could disrupt our aquatic ecosystems and the lives of those who depend on them...

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Collaboration with the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity


Are you a researcher interested in using cutting-edge marine and freshwater research platforms?

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National Marine Week Ocean Heroes - AERP


NRF-SAIAB Ocean Heroes for National Marine Week 2020 - AERP

National Marine Week Ocean Hero - Dr Kerry Ann van der Walt


NRF-SAIAB Ocean Hero for National Marine Week 2020 - Dr Kerry-Ann van der Walt

National Marine Week Ocean Hero - Dr Nikki James


NRF-SAIAB Ocean Hero for National Marine Week 2020 - Dr Nikki James

National Marine Week Ocean Hero - Dr Francesca Porri


NRF-SAIAB Ocean Hero for National Marine Week 2020 - Dr Francesca Porri

SAIAB goatfish listed as an endangered species – IUCN Red List


The SAIAB goatfish was considered an endangered species among 29 Mullidae species assessed during an IUCN Red List workshop...

Development of new antibiotics


SAIAB is part of international research seeking the development of new antibiotics...

Celebrating #WomenAtTheHeartOfSTEM


This Women’s Month, the NRF is celebrating #WomenAtTheHeartOfSTEM – the NRF is proud to be a small part of their journey. Read their story...

Not one species but two

Integrative taxonomy reveals two species in one moray eel

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New report reveals shocking global decline in migratory fish


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”


Nkosinathi Mazungula promoted to Collections Manager at SAIAB...

SAIAB colleagues win in the CMR World Oceans Day Competition


Two SAIAB colleagues win in the CMR World Oceans Day Competition...

Journal of Fish Biology


A special issue on the African Freshwater Fishes | Vol. 96 | Number 5 | May 2020

Taxonomic revision leads to description of new moray eel species


Gymnothorax elaineheemstrae is a new species of moray eel described by Sithole et al. in a study recently published in Zootaxa...



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic operations at SAIAB will be managed to ensure containment, hygiene and social distancing

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COVID-19 Message from the Managing Director

Talking plastic pollution in our oceans at National Marine Week 2019


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 Institute


SAIAB celebrates 50 years as a Research Institute & 20 years as a National Facility of the NRF.

Celebrating 50 years as a Research Institute


SAIAB celebrates 50 years as a Research Institute and 20 years as a National Facility of the NRF...

WWF Plastic Pollution Initiative


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 School


Applications for the SAIAB Summer School are now open and the deadline for submission is the 01 November 2019.

Annual Smith Memorial Lecture


NRF-SAIAB holds the annual Smith Memorial Lecture in memory of Professor JLB Smith and Professor Margaret Mary Smith...

Curator Emeritus - Dr Phil Heemstra


In memoriam

Linefish resilience in the Anthropocene


The Southern African Marine Linefish Symposium (SAMLS) held its 5th convention from 8-11 July 2019...

RV SA Agulhas II Open Day


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 Symposium


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 impacts


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 Gondwana

Research visit identifies need for collaboration among marine researchers working in the western and eastern Indian Ocean regions

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A new publication by estuarine ecologist Professor Alan Whitfield draws attention to the plight of fishes in southern African estuaries...

Masters & PhD Call

Call for applications SANOCEAN Masters & PhD project opportunities...

SAIAB Seminar Series 2019 Dr Irit Zohar

Dr 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 2019


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 #RRI


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 - Digitised


The Sea Fishes of Southern Africa by JLB Smith has been digitised and is available from BHL...

Water World flows at Scifest Africa


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 Foundation


Celebrating 20 Years of the NRF

SAIAB empowers and positions youth for aquatic related work at WWE


SAIAB participated at the Working World Exhibition’s 20 Year milestone event - Read More:

WATER WORLD floods into Scifest


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 element


Scifest Africa 2019 runs from 6 – 12 March with the theme “Discover your element”...

SAIAB Embeds RRI through Summer School


SAIAB engaged the next generation of young marine scientists through hosting its second annual Summer School... READ MORE:

Single-use Plastic - Public Presentation


Hayley Mclellan from Two Oceans Aquarium presents, “Talking Trash and Solutions”...

In Memoriam – Professor Jay O’Keeffe


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 Launched


As you head to the coast for holidays☀️remember what it means to be a #ResponsibleAngler - Read the guidelines for responsible recreational fishing...

SAIAB hosts visiting Malaysian researcher


The JLB Smith Collection Management Centre provides a collection-sorting laboratory, accommodation for collection staff and for visiting scientists.

Tackling the Taxonomic Impediment

Healthy ecosystems and biodiversity are integral to human well-being and sustainable development.

Embedding Nucleus & RRI principles at SciCom100 Conference


SAIAB’s very own thought leader in science communication, Penny Haworth (Communications Manager) presenting at SciCom100 Conference 2018.

Seminar: Denis Tweddle: 6th November 2018


Aquatic environments destroyed and fish stocks collapsed in Malawi; Twin crises facing Zambezian rivers and lakes

Seminar: Lyle Vorsatz: 25th October 2018


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 canyons


Review of the hunt for ‘dinosaurs’ in Sodwana Bay’s underwater canyons.

The Annual Smith Memorial Lecture


SAIAB and Penguin Random House invite you to the Annual Smith Memorial Lecture and Book Launch.

National Science Week


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 2018


Working effectively at the science-policy interface on biodiversity issues: perspectives from both sides

Seminar: Dr Sarah Viana: 8th August 2018


Yes, WE women CAN describe shark species too!

New directions in mosquito control

Biological control using native predators can be an effective, environmentally-friendly approach to manage mosquito populations.

Fishes of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River, Botswana


Join Mike Bruton and Paul Skelton for the launch of their new book: 19th July 2018

SA Science Lens


Photographic exhibition at the National Arts Festival 28 June - 8 July 2018. Free.

Seminar: Prof Paul Cowley: 21 June 2018


Insights into the coastal movements and mortality of selected sharks and rays equipped with acoustic transmitters

SAIAB collaborates in new coelacanth search


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 Bay


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 2018


Sir Andrew Smith, the father of South African Zoology: his contributions to freshwater Ichthyology in South Africa

SAIAB – On a Journey to Transformation


SAIAB showing its commitment to the transformation agenda.

Celebrating World Fish Migration Day


Prof Olaf Weyl at the Addo Elephant Park

DST Minister and DG visit Water World at SAIAB during Scifest Africa 2018


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 Initiative

The Phakisa Ocean Economy proposed a network of 21 new or expanded Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Presentation: Prof Dr Juergen Geist: 16th March 2018


Aquatic Biodiversity Conservation in Europe: Challenges and Strategies

Seminar: Dr Francesca Porri: 1 March 2018


The Chronicles of Lavia

The Annotated Old Fourlegs


'Christmas Fish' is back in the news and new on the book shelves

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Home coming for new NRF DCEO - Dr Clifford Nxomani


SAIAB Congratulates Dr Clifford Nxomani on his appointment as DCEO NRF Infrastructure Platforms

From the Smiths to Social Media


The 2017 Smith Memorial Lecture was presented by Dr Judy Mann-Lang, Conservation Strategist at SAAMBR in Durban

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Seminar: Dr Claudio Oliveira: 29th November 2017


Fish biodiversity and evolution in the Neotropical Region

Seminar: Dr Stephanie Januchowski Hartley 17th November


Mapping and modelling the impacts of dams, weirs, and road culverts on freshwater fishes

The Annotated Old Fourlegs: book launch 16th November 2017


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 SAIAB


The overall goal of the Chair is to develop regional capacity and research on inland fisheries to support their sustainable development.

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Presentation: Dr Albert Chakona 2nd November


Bridging knowledge: East meets West

Coastal Fishes of the Western Indian Ocean


New book in the pipeline - A long standing vision realised.

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SAIAB promotes healthy living on Womans Day


Wellness Committee partners with local community platforms to promote healthy living on Womans Day

Seminar: Ivan Martins: 19th July 2017


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

Seminar; Alexei Dreyer: 29th June


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

Seminar: Bernard Erasmus 22 June


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

Emerging freshwater biologists develop field skills


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

Answering the call of the ocean


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

ACEP Imida

ACEP Imida

Proud to be Pi


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

RV Phakisa opens new opportunities for marine research


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

Ethical considerations for field research on fishes


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


Senior Artist, JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology

Seminar: Dr Holly Nel: 20th October 2016


Microplastic, a “macro” problem

Deep Secrets: Cruise News


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



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

Seminar 15 September: Carla Edworthy


Insights into Ocean Acidification

Seminar: 25th August: Siphelele Dyantyi


Alongshore Mesoscale Transport of Larvae

National Science Week 08 to 12 August


National Science Week a great success

Seminar: Dr Francesca Porri: 28th July 2016


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

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


“The Natural Genetic Resource in Oreochromis”

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


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

World Fish Migration Day talk 23rd May


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

UFH Department of Zoology and Entomology graduates celebrate


ACEP Phuhlisa Programme funded four students

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


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


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


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

Water World 2016


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


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

Seminar: Nkosinathi Mazungula and Bosupeng Motshegoa Thursday 11 Feb 2016


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

Guest seminar: Dr Fabio Di Dario Wed 10 February


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


Wishing you a bright 2016

End-of-Year Opening Hours


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


Physiology of intertidal organisms: from the individual to the ecosystem

Seminar: Mandla Magoro: 29th October 2015


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

Smith Memorial Lecture 2015 14th October 2015


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


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

Seminar: Prof Olaf Weyl 3 Sept


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


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


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


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

From the latest SAASTA getSETgo newsletter


SAIAB collaborations with Rhodes University and the Endangered Wildlife Trust

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


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

Seminar: Dr Gavin Gouws


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

Rhodes University recruits two new Honorary Professors


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


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

A water-linked green economy


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

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Book launch: South African coasts


South African Coasts: A celebration of our seas and shores

Seminar: Dr Ali Götz


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


The Diversity of Fishes and Fish Behaviour in Lake Malawi

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


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

Water World 2015


Wander through watery wonders at Water World - Scifest Africa 2015

Seminar: Ofer Gon


Scale development in cardinalfishes and its wider implications

Seminar: Dr Kelly Ortega Cisneros


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

Seminar: Dr Jennifer Jackson


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


A joint initiative by ORI and SAIAB

Launch of Algoa Bay Hope Spot


"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!


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

Smith Memorial Lecture: Burrowing beneath the surface


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


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


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

Penny Haworth Wins Prestigious SANCOR Award


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


Exploring fish connectivity in the South West Indian Ocean

Seminar: Paul Cowley


Exploring remote islands and atolls in the South Western Indian Ocean

Tragic loss to marine science


“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


Dr Paul Cowley discusses the consequences of over- fishing.

World Fish Migration Day Event A Success


Paul Cowley gives WFMD presentation on fish migration in Port Alfred

Dr Olaf Weyl presents at American Fisheries Society


"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


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


The taxonomy of bathylagid fishes of the Southern Hemisphere

Water World Kicks off


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


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


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


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


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

Seminar: Brian Godfrey

Counting Rock Lobsters in Tristan da Cunha

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


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


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 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


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

The Women and the Coelacanth


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)


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


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

Seminar: Dr Romina Henriques: The Benguela Current

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

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


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

Coelacanth genome surfaces

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

Gombessa Coelacanth Expedition


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

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


SAIAB 2012 Annual Impact Report released.

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From the archives: the Eric Latimer diary

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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 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

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

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


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

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

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

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

“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


“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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Message from the Director

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


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

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

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

Beyond the SCUBA range

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

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


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

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.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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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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


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


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

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


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


The Coelacanth visits Gauteng


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


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

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


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


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

"Living fossil" wows hearts and minds at Scifest Africa

Launch of ACEP Coastal Platform & ROV

A celebration of East Coast Marine Science

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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 years

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


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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