Rivers of Life is a leading contributor to scientific research on fisheries and the use of fish as ecological indicators in southern Africa. In this theme our researchers strive to characterise fish community well-being, fisheries production and the use of fish as ecological indicators throughout the region! We work on fish communities throughout the region in rivers, lakes and estuaries. In this theme we have also developed a real-time remote fish behavioural ecology monitoring and evaluation programme we’ve called FISHTRAC!
Our scientists are also members of the KwaZulu-Natal Aquaculture Forum and provide specialist services and advice to the aquaculture industry in the province whilst working closely with regulators, managers and users of our fisheries throughout the province. Fisheries make an important contribution to the protein intake of many informal communities, and recreational angling makes an important contribution to the economy of South Africa.
Current projects include:
- The Rivers of Life aquaculture and fisheries project.
- Olifants FISHTRAC study
- Yellowfish tag retention
- BRICS NRF – GLOWSENS monitoring programme