Friday, 14 November 2014

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Posted: 10 Nov 2014 08:02 AM PST
Conservationists are rejoicing at the listing of 21 species of sharks and rays under the Appendices of the Convention on Migratory Species, made official today in the final plenary session of the Conference of Parties (CoP).

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 08:07 AM PST
Harnessing 'people power' to manage fisheries in the developing world has significantly benefited local communities and coral reefs, according to new research.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

NRF signs the Berlin Declaration

On 20 October 2014, Prof Martin Stratman, President of the Max Planck Society, congratulated the National Research Foundation (NRF) on joining 495 international education and research organisations in signing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. The list of signatories can be found here.

The 2003 Berlin Declaration asserted that scholarly research results and cultural heritage shall be freely accessible and usable for scientists and the public

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

New academic collaboration develops curricula in aquaculture, fisheries science in Africa

A new academic collaboration to develop and refine curricula in aquaculture and fisheries science has been entered into by Rhodes University's Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (DIFS), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) (Malawi), the University of Eldoret (Kenya), and Makerere University (Uganda)
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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Aquatic research in Algoa Bay by NMMU

Extraordinary tufa stromatolites ecosystems in Port Elizabeth

Stromatolites date back in the fossil record at least 2.7-3.5 billion years, the study of the few extant colonies still remaining in the marine environment may be instrumental in understanding the hydrospheric conditions that prevailed at the onset of life on Earth. Southern African tufa stromatolites, such as the ones to the west of Cape Recife, are regarded as unique in their nature, because they typically occur at the interface between freshwater seepage points and the marine penetration.

Possible new fish species discovered in the Baakens River

Ongoing work on estuaries includes fine-scale habitat use by fishes in regional estuaries, including assessing the effects of climate change water-chemistry scenarios on common marine fishes using estuaries as nursery areas. Some local estuarine work has expanded into the adjoining rivers. The current study has revealed a potentially new species of fish but more specimens are required for genetic analysis of the species.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Not just old stuff in boxes -- Special Collections at our Library

Farol Pinda, Nangata, in the province of Nampula in Mozambique

The Special Collections in the Margaret Smith Library include a number of unique items relating to the JLB Smith Institute (1980-2001). The largest collection is, not surprisingly, on the coelacanth. We also have collections of personal and research material relating to leading personalities in marine and freshwater ichthyology at the time, as well as smaller series of documents from associations such as the Cape Piscatorial Society.

Collections have been given a preliminary sort and an inventory is being completed. Through description of items in these collections, and making them available for research, we intend to complement the library holdings of print sources on ichthyology.

Read more on the SAIAB website.

SAIAB Library reaches out!

Good Shepherd School Library 

SAIAB’s Library has dedicated Thursday mornings to the Good Shepherd Primary School Library. Assistant Librarian, Maditaba Meltaf, assists Mrs Catherine Meiklejohn, the Good Shepherd School Trust Admin and Project Officer whose teaching duties clash with her library duties at the school.

Dr Angus Paterson (SAIAB’s Managing Director) suggested that SAIAB Library step in to help as part of our community engagement.

Read more on the SAIAB website

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Smith Memorial Lecture 25th Sept 2014

Smith Memorial Lecture: Burrowing beneath the surface – sandprawns provide insight into the ecological value of estuaries

 The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity is proud to present Dr Deena Pillay as the guest speaker for the 2014 Smith Memorial Lecture.

The lecture, which commemorates Margaret and JLB Smith and their legacy of discovery and research in Ichthyology, is held annually and provides an opportunity for the Grahamstown public to come and find out about cutting-edge marine research that is happening along South Africa’s amazing coast.

SANCOR Newsletter #206

Read this and other SAIAB contributions to SANCOR Newsletter #206

SAIAB Collections Manager Roger Bills studies fish and frog skeletons
with learners from T.E.M. Mrwetyana High School.  (p.19)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Eastern Cape coast spring tide alert

Illustration image
A supermoon is a type of full moon and looks no different from any other full moon. 

SWIMMERS and shoreline anglers have been warned to be extremely cautious over the next week when strong rip currents are expected along the coastline.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said yesterday that the full moon spring tide that peaked on the 9th September would cause more extreme high and low tides.

This produced strong rip currents and put swimmers and anglers at far greater risk of being swept out to sea.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

FishforLife Programme

If you are one of South Africa’s estimated 800 000 recreational fishers or anglers then WWF’s new FishforLife programme wants to hear from you.

The ‘citizen science’ FishforLife programme is inviting members of the recreational fishing community to contribute information about their catches and even the “one that got away” to a database that will be used to study the state of South Africa’s marine life.

And if there are some pictures in the photo album of great catches from back in the 1970s or before, then they want those too as a way of establishing how marine environments have changed.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Dr Angus Paterson and Dr Monica Mwale at Career Lounge 22nd May

Career Lounge: the field of biodiversity
The Career Centre, Ric Bernard and the Catchment Research Group (CRG) has been working closely with WWF-SA, Green Matter, The Lewis Foundation and SANBI on a University Based Career Development Plan to increase the knowledge of opportunities and careers available in the Biodiversity sector in South Africa. This has been a long process of collaboration between all concerned. 

The idea of the Career Lounge is to create an opportunity and good “informal” space for professionals in various careers in biodiversity to showcase their career and the highlights of their job so that students get valuable insights into various careers and can get  information about where to start their job search process.

So although the presentation is in a formal lecture venue – the idea is to create a space and opportunity where questions can be asked and students can interact with the presenter. We are planning on having 6 presentations this year to showcase different careers in this sector – any suggestions on suitable speakers to be invited will be welcome.

 The second “Career Lounge” presentation will be held on 22 May and Dr Angus Paterson and Dr Monica Mwale from SAIAB are the guest speakers.

Please spread the word about this event – all are welcome and light refreshments will be served in the foyer afterwards.

Date: 22 May 2014
Venue: Barratt Lecture Theatre 1

International Day for Biological Diversity - Island Biodiversity

Did you know that today is the International Day for Biological Diversity? Organised by the United Nations, this event falls on the 22nd May each year, with the aim of increasing understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

As this year's theme is Island Biodiversity, we would like to invite you to explore the islands of the world on ARKive.

Dive in to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean or explore the volcanic islands of the 'ring of fire' in the North and South Pacific, learn what makes these ecosystems so unique and discover endemic species found nowhere else on Earth.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Career Lounge: the field of biodiversity

The Career Centre, Ric Bernard and the Catchment Research Group (CRG) has been working closely with WWF-SA, Green Matter, The Lewis Foundation and SANBI on a University Based Career Development Plan to increase the knowledge of opportunities and careers available in the Biodiversity sector in South Africa. This has been a long process of collaboration between all concerned. 

First Five Hope Spots for South Africa

Hope Spots are special conservation areas that are critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart. Some of these Hope Spots are already formally protected, while others still need protection. About 12 % of the land around the world is now under some form of protection (as national parks, world heritage sites, monuments, etc.), while less than three percent of the ocean is protected in any way. Read more about the first South African Hope Spots initiative.

Mission Blue Dot Rgb150 Birdlife SaSst Longer Logo

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

WWF-SASSI and Pick n Pay recognise top chefs

The eight WWF-SASSI Trailblazers
Building on the phenomenal success and traction of the "Green, Orange, Red" guide amongst the South African public, the SASSI Seafood Circle recognises and celebrates chefs who are actively championing sustainable seafood practices in their restaurants. Read more

Friday, 14 March 2014

From Sea to Source

From Sea to Source is the result of collaborations and partnerships with fisheries professionals all over the world, drawn together to provide a major new text on the theme of fish migration. The underlying concept is the increasingly recognised need for preservation but, more frequently, the restoration of free migration for all species of fish.

From Sea To Source, International guidance for the restoration of fish migration highways, 2012

Friday, 14 February 2014

ARKive’s Lonely Hearts

Which species on ARKive wins your heart? They are featuring a few forlorn species looking for love.

Large hairy armadillo in burrow
Gertrude: Shady Lady
Read on to learn more about them and find out what they’re looking for in a perfect partner.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Southern African marine linefish species profiles

Southern African marine linefish species profiles is a compilation of species profiles for 139 important marine linefish species from 38 families caught in southern African waters, including both teleosts and elasmobranchs.

World Fish Migration Day, 24 May 2014

World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is a one day global event to call attention for open rivers and migratory fish. The WFMD is celebrated on the 24 May 2014 around the world. Please enter the website and join them

Famelab Competition 2014

Famelab  Competition February/March 2014 

FameLab South Africa moves into its second season in 2014 – seeking out the new voices in South African science technology, engineering and maths. FameLab is an international competition that gets people talking about science. It runs in more than 25 countries with an international final in the United Kingdom

Vacancies: Sharks Board KwaZulu/Natal

Junior Scientist

Lab Supervisor

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The rhino and the coelacanth

Introducing China to two icons of biodiversity in SA – the rhino and the coelacanth
South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) at the Beijing Science Festival

Become an EDGE Fellow

The Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) of Existence programme highlights and conserves one-of–a-kind species that are on the verge  of extinction.

Applications are now open to become an EDGE Fellow

Read more about  their work with coral reefs

Google Earth enables remote tracking of fish catches


Speed Read:

  • A study used the program’s satellite-based imagery to track Persian Gulf fishing
  • It estimated that actual catches were six times officially reported take
  • Experts say the technique could be used to monitor and control fishing