Thursday, 24 October 2013

Counting Rock Lobsters in Tristan da Cunha

The next presentation in the DIFS/SAIAB Seminar Series will be by Brian Godfrey
The MV Oliva, a bulk carrier transporting a cargo of 65 000 tons of soya bean, ran aground at Nightingale Island (Tristan da Cunha) on 16 March 2011. The grounding resulted in the leakage of 1 500 tonnes of heavy fuel oils and diesel into the surrounding seas, and all cargo was lost when the vessel broke in half and sank on 18 March 2011. Divers from the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (DIFS), Rhodes University, were recruited to assess the potential effects of oil pollution on juvenile rock lobster.
Venue: Lecture Room, Department of Ichthyology & Fisheries Science (DIFS)
Date:     Thursday, 24 October 2013
Time:     10.30am

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The ETYFish Project

Announcing the release of The ETYFish Project, the first and only reference that aims to explain the name etymology of every valid genus, subgenus, species and subspecies of fish and fish-like raniate (excluding fossils).

The Project's objectives are twofold: to provide an English translation of a fish’s generic and specific names, and to explain how the name applies to the fish in question. Many references accomplish the first objective but fall short with the second

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Carbon emission could lead to mass extinctions in oceans

The oceans are more acidic now than at any point in the last 300 million years. The mass extinction of species in the ocean could already be inevitable as a result, as reported by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean.State of the Ocean Report 2013
Read more about the report in the Mail & Guardian here

Monday, 7 October 2013

EWT Water Feature newletter

The latest newsletter of the Source to Sea programme is now available:

Water Feature Newsletter
June 2013 v

Friday, 4 October 2013

New books and online resources

Link to our Libguide for new print and online resources available at the Margaret Smith Library.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

New FFSG website launched

The Freshwater Fish Specialist Group was established in 2004 and is a joint partnership between the IUCN Species Survival Commission and Wetlands International. Chaired by Professor Gordon McGregor Reid (Director Emeritus, Chester Zoo UK), the FFSG are a diverse group of experts, spread over 17 regions around the world, with a solid record in ichthyology and the conservation of freshwater fishes.

Read more about the Southern African Group