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As a National Facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF), SAIAB serves as a major scientific resource for knowledge and understanding the biodiversity and functioning of globally significant aquatic ecosystems. By virtue of its unique position with regard to both marine and freshwater biogeographical boundaries, southern Africa is ideally placed to monitor and document climate change.
From a marine perspective South Africa forms the southern apex of a major continental mass, flanked by very different marine ecosystems on the east and west coasts, and projecting towards the cold southern Ocean large marine ecosystem.
Dr Jackie Hill
Community dynamics of an invaded ecosystem: investigation of a Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus invasion in the Nseleni River system, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Venue: Lecture Room, SAIAB
Date: Thursday, 6 June 2013
Increases in urbanization and anthropogenic activity within watersheds is globally recognized as one of the main drivers of eutrophication to date, and excessive nitrogen loads in aquatic systems can result in widespread ecosystem degradation including: hypoxia, toxic algal blooms, increased turbidity, disruption of ecosystem functioning and the loss of biodiversity. Aquatic ecosystems compromised by increased N-loading have a lower capacity for system resilience and often face further threats to ecological integrity by the establishment of invasive species. Despite existing legislation regarding the import and sale of exotic species worldwide, the establishment of invasive species in many aquatic ecosystems has been the result of accidental or deliberate introduction via the aquarium trade. Read more
The theme Water and Biodiversity was chosen to coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.
Read more and admire the photos at Arkive.org
French and South African biologists will dive to deep-sea caves in the Sodwana Bay area during April 2013 in a bid to locate the coelacanth.
On the 5th April 2013 at 20h30, the diver and naturalist Lauret Ballesta, accompanied by a team of deep-sea divers, researchers from the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) and six scientists from the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN), the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, and from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) (National Center for Scientific Research), left for South Africa for 40 days of diving to find a mythical animal: the coelecanth.
Known in that area as 'gombessa', this peaceful 2 m long giant, thought to be extinct for 70 million years and rediscovered alive in 1938, is considered the greatest zoological discovery of the twentieth century.
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