Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

Marjorie Courtenay Latimer and the 1938 coelacanth
Op-Docs' last “Animated Life” video for 2015 celebrates the unique, strange coelacanth: an awesome survivor and one of the biggest natural history surprises of the 20th century.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Saldanha Bay mini-suite of papers

AJMS vol 37(4)Saldanha Bay is a semi-enclosed system located on the west coast of South Africa. It is the focus of a mini-suite containing three papers published in Volume 37, issue 4, of the African Journal of Marine Science.

Read more about the issue and link to the articles

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

I&J abalone farm in Danger Point certified as sustainable

I&J have just had their abalone farm in Danger Point certified as sustainable by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).  This is not only the first ASC certified farm in South Africa, but also on the African continent.

Abalone Haliotis midae
FlickrAbalone, Haliotis midae 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Marine News 12: Climate Change Adaptation

To mark Oceans Day at the Paris COP21 Climate conference, the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme is pleased to distribute Issue 12 of MARINE NEWS magazine.  This 52-page publication reports on marine and polar activities from across IUCN’s regions, programmes and commissions. This issue has a focus on Climate Change Adaptation.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Hōkūleʻa -- Hawai’i to Cape Town

Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, Polynesian voyaging canoes, are sailing across Earth’s oceans to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world, covering 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries. Crew members on both the Hōkūle‘a and Hikiananlia will sail using the 3,000 year old traditional method of Polynesian deep sea navigation, with no modern instruments.

The voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa is named after the “star of gladness,” also known as Arcturus, that marks the latitude of Hawaiʻi when the star is at its highest point in the sky .Hōkūleʻahas been making its way down the coast of South Africa.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

From the latest SAASTA getSETgo newsletter

The Keiskamma River in the Eastern Cape Province
New partnership to conserve our precious water resources
Christine Coppinger of EWT is hosted by SAIAB

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

From Mekoro to Learjets - an adventure into the Angolan Wilderness

Prof Paul Skelton: From Mekoro to Learjets - an adventure into the Angolan Wilderness.
An invitation to join the Wildbird Trust 'Into the Okavango' project led to this privileged wilderness experience of a lifetime! Backed by National Geographic support and presence, the expedition of explorers, scientists, film producers, photographers and modern day IT techno-wizards aims to explore the Okavango from source to sink in a fleet of traditional mekoro (dugout canoes).

The talk describes the first month of the river adventure in which the expedition traversed the unexplored headwaters of the Cuito River and faced each day a multitude of unanticipated challenges that tested all to the very limit.  Discovering the headwater fishes was a bonus!
Venue: Lecture Room, SAIAB (Somerset Street)
Date: Tuesday 21st July 2015
Time: 10h30
Mekoros the right hand one patched with inner tubes
Mekoro -- the right hand one patched with inner tubes.
(Pic: Wikimedia JackyR)
Read more about the Into the Okavango Expedition

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Marine Stewardship Council and World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is on the 8th June.

Link to the  Marine Stewardship Council campaign video


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Thursday, 23 April 2015

"A great friend who lived in a wonderful place"

Sally Schramm recently gave a talk to the 1820 Settlers' Association on a donation received last year from Australia.

Farol Pinda c.1950

As well as an author’s presentation copy (#94) of JLB Smith's Old Fourlegs - “with compliments to AT Wood, Esq” - there are letters and photographs from JLB Smith to AT Wood, dating from the 1950s. Read more

Whats on 23rd April 2015

DIFS/ SAIAB Seminar Series 2015
The next presentation in the DIFS/SAIAB Seminar Series will be by Prof Jay Stauffer (Distinguished Professor of Ichthyology, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture Sciences at Penn State University)
The Diversity of Fishes and Fish Behaviour in Lake Malawi
Venue: Lecture Room, SAIAB, Somerset Street
Date:   Thursday, 23 April 2015
Time:   10.30am

 Book launch:
When I was a fish: tales of an ichthyologist
Mike Bruton
Date: Thursday 23 April
Time: 19:00
Venue: South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), Somerset Street, Grahamstown
Eats and drinks will be served
 RSVP: by 17 April 2015 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Paper calls for standardisation of naming of seafood species

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Few South African consumers are aware of the fact that Argentine hake is sometimes passed off as South African hake... Read more

Monday, 9 February 2015

FameLab 2015

Dear Friends of FameLab

It's that time of the year again when scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians get geared up to talk science!  FameLab is the international competition which nurtures engagement between science and society by creating spaces for young people to find their voices and talk about their science. Click here to download the registration form