Vision and Mission

SAIAB and the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) comprise the 'Biodiversity' cluster of the National Research Foundation.

Our Vision

Research excellence for the sustainability of Africa’s aquatic environments

Our Mission 
To serve the nation through the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge to understanding and solving problems on the conservation and wise use of African aquatic biodiversity

SAIAB’s role within the NRF is to:

  • Conduct scientific research to address South African, SADC and African fish research and research information needs in aquatic biodiversity
  • Manage the National Fish Collection and Maragaret Smith Library
  • Disseminate knowledge of fishes and aquatic biodiversity through publications, conferences, science advancement and communication
  • Link with stakeholders and partners to facilitate conservation and management of African aquatic systems.