Services and science facilities
ORI services and science facilities
ORI covers a number of areas of expertise and offers a range of marine science services: scientific investigation, training and capacity building, and consulting.
- Quantitative resource assessment, including artisanal, recreational, small-scale and industrial fisheries of southern Africa
- Biodiversity assessment
- Resource use planning and development of management plans
- Sustainable coastal development
- Marine Protected Area (MPA) assessment
- Marine resource policy development
- Modelling of resource dynamics and usage
- Long-term monitoring of resource use
- Socio-economic assessment of marine resource use
- Marine related recreation and tourism
- Aquariology and mariculture.
Services and capacity building
- Supervision of post-graduate students
- Specifically designed training courses for management and conservation agencies.
- Impact assessment on marine resources and ecosystems.
Areas of expertise
- Coastal resources: fishes, sharks and invertebrates
- Coral reef ecosystems of the western Indian Ocean
- Estuarine resources: prawns, crabs and fishes.
The move from the old SAAMBR premises to the uShaka Marine Park complex in 2004 afforded ORI the opportunity to invest in state-of-the-art research facilities.
Apart from administrative facilities and infrastructure for staff, as an independent, marine science-orientated research organisation the Oceanographic Research Institute is equipped with:
- Dry laboratories
- Wet laboratories
- Student facilities
- A marine research aquarium
- Vehicle storage facilities
- Boat storage facilities
- SCUBA diving gear
- Fishing tackle
- Sampling equipment.
The David Davies Memorial Library
ORI is also home to the David Davies Memorial Library – one of the most comprehensive marine science libraries in Africa and an invaluable dynamic resource that is constantly being added to.