Research Projects

Monitoring our coastal invertebrates

The rocky shores, sandy beaches and estuaries of KwaZulu-Natal support a multitude of invertebrates (animals without an internal backbone).

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Updated publication of the 'visboekie' celebrated at ORI

Bruce Mann and co-authors have completed an epic revision of the Southern African Marine Linefish Species Profiles (aka the “Visboekie”).

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BRUV: new insight into offshore reef marine life

Baited remote underwater video (BRUV) systems offer a relatively new method to study marine fish on offshore reefs. Using a lightweight steel frame, a camera is mounted in front of a bait canister, which is filled with about 1kg of chopped sardines.

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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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ORI records third marlin recapture in 30 years

After nearly 30 years of recording more than 1 420 tagged and released marlin, the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) only recently logged its third marlin recapture during that time.

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