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SAIAB is A National Research Facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF). It was formerly known as the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology, the Scientific 'home' of the Coelacanth. Their National Fish Collection is the largest collection of southern African fish anywhere in the world. It is the largest fish collection in Africa and the second largest in the southern hemisphere.
Fish: 56390 records
Links Natal Museum
The Natal Museum's Department of Mollusca had its origins in the shell collection and library of Henry Burnup, a dedicated amateur who was honorary curator of molluscs until his death in 1928. Subsequently, the collection has been expanded many times over through field work, donation, exchange and purchase. Its historical value was greatly increased by absorption of important shell collections housed the Transvaal Museum (1978) and Albany Museum (1980), as well as the Rodney Wood collection from the Seychelles received from the Mutare Museum in Zimbabwe and the Kurt Grosch collection, built up over 25 years of residence in northern Mozambique. The mollusc collection now ranks among the 15 largest in the world and is certainly the largest both in Africa and on the Indian Ocean rim.
Molluscs: 27345 records (Bivalves, Gastropoda)
Links iziko South African Museum
Being situated near, the Atlantic, Indian and Antarctic marine systems has resulted in a wide diversity of southern African and other marine fauna being held in the collections at Iziko South African Museum.
Crustaceans: 13127 records
Fish: 15048 records
Marine Mammals: 1184 records
Molluscs: 6078 records
Sharks: 14484 records
Links Marine and Coastal Management
Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) is one of four branches of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. It is the regulatory authority responsible for managing all marine and coastal activities.
Copepods: 91705 records
Demersal: 201741 records
Linefish: 2759599 records
Seals: 2440 records
Links Bolus Herbarium, University of Cape Town
The Bolus Herbarium algal collection is the most comprehensive collection in South Africa. Though housing collections from the whole of the South African coastline and also from Namibia, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape floras are particularly well represented. There is also a resaonable collection of foreign material form various parts of the world. The latter do not form part of the databased material. Important collections are those of: Becker (Eastern Cape), Stegenga, Bolton & Anderson, Simons (Western - and Eastern Cape and less importantly Kwazulu-Natal), Engledow (Namibia). Less important collectors are: Tyson, Isaac, Coppejans and SAN PAD (South African Netherlands Programme for Avance and Development).
Algae: 9665 records
Links National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies, Republic of Tunisia
The National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies (INSTM) of Tunisia has four laboratories. Regular trawl surveys are done by the Laboratory of Marine Living Resources to assess the exploitable resource stocks.
Trawl surveys: 7664 records
Links East London Museum, South Africa
The East London (EL) Museum's major natural history collections are molluscs and birds. They also have smaller collections of other marine invertebrates, mammals, skeletons (mammals), reptiles, palaeontology, geology. The mollusc collection was started by Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, first curator of the museum in 1931. She brought her family collections, including of shells, to the museum and these formed the basis of subsequent collections. The majority of the collection is marine. Specimens have been obtained by collecting locally, swopping, exchanging and from donations. Much of the collection therefore consists of foreign specimens. Curators who have worked here include DH Kennelly who wrote the first book on sea shells of South Africa and well-known malacologist of international repute, Dr Dick Kilburn. The EL Museum collection is the third largest in the country, after the Natal Museum and iziko South African Museum.
Molluscs: 4305 records
Links Animal Demographic Unit (ADU), UCT
The Animal Demography Unit (formerly the Avian Demography Unit), or ADU as it is mostly known in the vernacular, is a research unit of the University of Cape Town. Initially it was built on the nucleus of the South African Bird Ringing Unit (SAFRING) and the Southern African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP). The ADU was established in December 1991 within the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Cape Town. Over the years, the ADU has grown far beyond its starting point. In January 2008 the ADU was formally transferred to the Deparment of Zoology.
BIRP: 23226 records
CWAC: 15827 records
SAFRING: 164366 records
Links Ezemvulu KZN Wildlife
The primary aim of the Conservation Planning Branch of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is to provide scientific information and advice required by KZN Wildlife to achieve its overall vision, mission and policies. The branch coordinates scientific research and development planning within KZN Wildlife. Emphasis is placed on gaining a good understanding of biodiversity and the factors influencing its distribution and status, including those of a social, economic or developmental nature. Strategies are developed and advice given so that appropriate measures may be applied to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Extensive collaborative networks have been created with other institutions to augment our research capacity, and wherever possible external funds are solicited. The following disciplines are pursued in the terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine environments throughout KwaZulu-Natal.
Benthic: 586 records
Links Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research
The Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), was created from the Marine Research Division of the Federal Department of Fisheries by the Research Institutes Establishment Order (1975) with effect from 1st November, 1975. The Aquaculture department is mandated to research into the development of Aquaculture, including improvement of transportation devices for juveniles to reduce mortality.
Marine: 556 records
Marine fish species off Lagos coast, Nigeria: 95 records
Links Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) is a State Corporation in the Ministry of Fisheries Development of the Government of Kenya. It is mandated to conduct aquatic research covering all the Kenyan waters and the corresponding riparian areas including the Kenyan's EEZ in the Indian Ocean waters.
Marine: 3080 records
Marine species from published papers of the Kenyan EEZ in the period 1975-2013: 1312 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links MADAGASCAR National Oceanographic Data Centre, University of Toliara
The Madagascar National Oceanographic Data Centre is attached to the University of Toliara. Some of the research achievements of the Oceanographic Data Centre are: a project for the protection of coastal reefs in south-western Madagascar; a marine biodiversity assessment in the same coastal area; a socio-economic investigation of traditional fishing practices; and bio-ecological surveys to facilitate the development of a sustainable marine park in the Masoala area far away on Madagascar’s northeast coast.
Corals: 1452 records
Diatoms: 2754 records
Dinoflagellates: 1297 records
Fish: 721 records
Invertebrates: 230 records
Links University of Cape Town iziko South African Museum
The University of Cape Town and the iziko South African Museum collaborated in three trawl surveys, two on the west coast of South Africa, and one on the east coast of South Africa.
Trawl Surveys: 1440 records
Links Albany Museum
The Albany Museum, located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province, was established in 1855 and is the second oldest museum in South Africa. It is a provincial museum funded by the Eastern Cape Department of Sport Recreation Arts and Culture.
The Selmar Schonland Herbarium (GRA) was formed in 1993 by the amalgamation of the Albany Museum Herbarium and the Rhodes University Herbarium. It is named in honour of the distinguished botanist, Selmar Schonland, who did much to establish botany in South Africa, at Rhodes University and the botanical collections of the Albany Museum in the late 19th century. The herbarium is affiliated to Rhodes University Department of Botany and the Albany Museum.
Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Seaweeds: 18018 records
Links De Beers Marine
De Beers Marine undertake offshore marine diamond mining to depths of 130 m on the South African west coast using remote mining tools. A baseline and impact monitoring programme was developed for operations in their ML3 licence area, with the view to quantitatively assessing the direct and indirect effects of deep-water marine mining on benthic macrofaunal communities, and to monitor post-mining recovery.
Benthic Macrofauna: 1798 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links De Beers Marine Namibia
De Beers Marine Namibia undertake marine diamond mining to depths of 130 m offshore of southern Namibia using remote mining tools. As part of their mining licence agreement with the Government of Namibia, De Beers Marine Namibia have undertaken a number of baseline and impact monitoring surveys with the view to quantitatively assessing the direct and indirect effects of deep-water marine mining on benthic macrofaunal communities, and to monitor post-mining recovery.
Benthic Macrofauna: 14704 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links De Beers Marine Namibia
Over the past seventy years, diamondiferous deposits along the shoreline of southern Namibia have been targeted by coastal and beach mining operations. As part of their mining licence agreement with the Government of Namibia, Namdeb Diamond Corporation Limited has commissioned a number of baseline and monitoring surveys over the past decade with the view to quantitatively assessing the direct and indirect effects of coastal and marine mining on intertidal and subtidal communities, and to monitor post-mining recovery.
Benthic Macrofauna: 27318 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links iSimangaliso Wetland Park
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values.
Species list: 1201 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links CORDIO East Africa
Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO) was initiated in 1999 as a direct response to the El-Niño related mass bleaching and mortality of corals in the Indian Ocean in 1998, focusing initially on Eastern Africa, Western Indian Ocean Islands and South Asia. Since the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 the programme also covers the Andaman Sea, and from 2007 has started work in the Red Sea.
Reef building corals: 7749 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links Benin Oceanographic and Fisheries Research Centre
Benin Oceanographic and Fisheries Research Centre.
Marine fish species in Benin EEZ: 89 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links Centre de gestion intégrée du littoral et de l'environnement (CGILE) et le Centre national de données Océanographiques (CNDO) du TOGO
The Centre for Integrated Coastal Zone Management and the Environment houses the National Oceanographic Data Center whose mission is to gather data on the marine and coastal environment from observation, measurement networks or statistical surveys of sources various Togo.
Inventory of phytoplankton taxa on the Togolese coast: 506 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI)
Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI) was established by the Act of Parliament No. 6 of 1980 to promote, conduct, and co-ordinate fisheries research in Tanzania. TAFIRI has the mandate of promoting, initiating, conducting and co-coordinating fisheries research as well as dissemination of fisheries information to government agencies, public institutions and private companies engaged in the fishing industry. TAFIRI also provides expert scientific and technical advice to Government on marine and freshwater fisheries, aquaculture and the protection of the aquatic environment.
Prawns Fisheries in Tanzania: 234 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links INIP - Instituto Nacional de Investigação Pesqueira (ANGOLA)
The Instituto Nacional de Investigação Pesqueira (National Fisheries Research Institute) is the Angolan institute in charge of producing technical and scientific reports and surveys about Angola’s aquatic biological resources and about the marine ecosystems and continental waters. INIP undertakes research primarily concentrated along the Angolan coast, with a particular focus on marine diversity. The principal objective of INIP is to provide scientific advice in the above areas to the authorities, industry and society as a whole. INIP is answerable to the Ministry of Fisheries.
Angolan Trawl Survey Data: 65280 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links National Marine Information and Research Centre, (NatMIRC)
The National Marine Information and Research Centre, (NatMIRC) has been in operation since 1980s, providing access to high quality information and knowledge necessary to support the individual researchers, and academic programmes etc. It is a knowledge hub that underpins research and education.
Namibian West Coast Biodiversity: 822 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT
Links Ukrainian National Oceanographic Data Center - Biology
Data were collected on the basis of Soviet-Guinean Scientific Research Center - CERESCOR from June 1985 till April 1987. Digitised with funding from ODINAFRICA / UNESCO.
Guinea fish dataset 1985-1987: 9081 records Link to data on AfrOBIS IPT