Research Projects
Estuarine & Soft Sediment Ecology

ORI researchers head to Madagascar for Project Suitcase

While visiting south-east Madagascar in 2008 following research in the Mozambique channel, the Oceanographic Research Institute’s (ORI) Dr Sean Fennessy was struck by how similar the coastal environment appeared to the coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Coast to Canyon: Understanding Cross-Shelf Ecosystem Functioning in the KZN Bight, by linking Geological, Biological and Physical Processes

Oceanic surface waters off the African east coast are traditionally characterised as oligotrophic, emphasising the importance of localised fluvial and upwelling processes in driving

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Thukela Bank Functioning

The Thukela Bank is a unique muddy, offshore habitat on the KwaZulu-Natal coast of South Africa, and harbours the only commercial shallow-water prawn fishery in the country

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National Spatial Biodiversity Assessment

This study builds on the Conservation Plan developed for Temperate South African estuaries under the Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE) programme’s Regional

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Ecological Changes to Lake Nhlabane

Lake Nhlabane, north of Richards Bay on the Zululand coast is artificially separated from Nhlabane Estuary by a barrage, which was constructed to provide water for the preferred

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