Research Projects
Demersal Fisheries and Fauna

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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The Suitcase Project: Eddies as Potential Vectors of Connectivity between Madagascar and South Africa

Mesoscale eddies are prominent at the ends of the western boundary currents (WBC). The Agulhas is the only WBC that has frequent mesoscale eddy activity in its source region

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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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Provision of Services for the Ship-Board Scientific Observer Programme

The only industrial-scale fishery in KZN is the crustacean trawl fishery, which is relatively small, but is of concern as it takes large amounts of bycatch

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