BGIS Training at NMU in November 2017
The BGIS offers free and comprehensive spatial biodiversity datasets and tools to support evidence based decision-making, biodiversity and conservation related research, policy formulation and biodiversity monitoring.
SANBI offers two free one-day training workshop to BGIS users at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).
Date: Wednesday, 8th or Thursday, 9th November 2017 (same content each day)
Available MSc. Project: Fishing & management strategies for the squid fishery
Title: Exploring fishing and management strategies for the squid fishery using the Atlantis modelling framework
Supervisors: Kelly Ortega-Cisneros, Kevern Cochrane, Warwick Sauer
The squid fishery is the third most important in economic terms in South Africa. This fishery provides direct employment for approximately 3000 people in the country. Chokka squid biomass and catch show high inter-annual variability, which has been associated to the influence of environmental changes on spawning and recruitment. Since South Africa has been identified as a hotspot for social and climate change, an integrated approach is necessary to examine future threats to the squid fishery and possible solutions to assist communities and industries to remain sustainable and resilient to climate change.
Working on and with ecosystem models, this study aims to evaluate the response of squid to climate and fisheries scenarios and its impact on ecosystem functioning. Specifically, what are the possible impacts of climate change on the squid fishery and what are the most robust fishing strategies for the squid fishery in the context of climate change. The expected outcomes from this research are to identify management strategies that consider ecological and economic trade-offs for the squid fishery while strengthening its resilience to climate change.
For more information please contact : Kelly Ortega-Cisneros (email@example.com), Kevern Cochrane (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Warwick Sauer (email@example.com)
Notification of Stakeholder Workshops: Listing of Public Launch Sites in Kwazulu-Natal
The KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) has embarked on a process of listing public launch sites in the province in terms of section 2(1) of the ‘Management of Public Launch Sites in the Coastal Zone Regulations’ (Government Gazette No. 37761).
A "public launch site" means a site where a vessel may be launched by members of the public in the coastal zone, but excludes those sites in protected areas and in proclaimed harbours.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Estuarine Ecology
The Zoology Department, University of Zululand invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position in Estuarine Ecology. The programme is tenable for a period of TWO years, starting from 1st February 2018, or soon thereafter.
Masters and Post-Doctoral Scholarship Opportunities 2018
A post-doctoral scholarship and Masters bursary are on offer to those interested in engaged scholarship and interdisciplinary research on wild food livelihoods. Successful candidates would join a vibrant team participating in an exciting project focused on the co-creation of local wild food livelihoods in the Cederberg mountains of the Western Cape.
- Closing Date: 31 October 2017
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VACANCY - Field Fisheries Officer
The Rural Fisheries Programme (RFP) of the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, Rhodes University is implementing an experimental fishery on a dam in the Northern Cape Province with a view to exploring the potential of a small-scale community-based fishery. A plan to implement the experimental fishery has been developed through a consultative process.
There is an opening for a Field Fisheries Officer (FFO) to work with the small-scale fishers and to implement the experimental fishery. The tasks of the FFO include coordinating the implementation of the plan, gathering data, liaising with the stakeholders, providing support to the fishers in processing and marketing of the fish and in coordinating training for the fishers.
The applicant should have a minimum of a BSc or BSc Hons Degree, have some experience with fisheries and be able to work with small-scale fishers in a rural setting.
The salary scale is between 25 and 30K per month (inclusive package) depending on experience and qualifications. The contract is for one year ¬with the possibility for extensions.
Send CV's to: Ms Yvain Erasmus - firstname.lastname@example.org / 046 603 8415
Applications now open for MSc degree in Applied Ocean Sciences (UCT)
The MSc degree in Applied Ocean Sciences aims to produce marine professionals with a strong academic foundation who are knowledgeable about the major topics in interdisciplinary ocean sciences. Applications are now open for the 2018 academic year.
Closing Date for Applications: 31st October 2017
VACANCY: Field Assistants - Seabird Research (x2 Posts)
Undertake biological research, fieldwork and monitoring according to a workplan as devised by the project managers. Make day-to-day decisions about work priorities and fieldwork protocols. Maintain accurate records of the work and computer databases of the work. Regularly report to and update the project manager on progress of the project. The applicants must have determination, physical fitness and the ability to work under harsh environmental conditions subject to extremes of weather; a desire to work with animals, including handling of seabird adults and chicks, which require empathy for the birds. Successful applicants will spend a full year (April 2018 to May 2019) at Marion Island. Note that there is no option to return before the end of the expedition, once you land at the island. The well-equipped new base station has full e-mail, fax and satellite telephone facilities.
Approximately Fifteen Months Contract
- Status: Closing Date: 18 October 2017
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Oceans at Risk: Towards Effective Protection Policies - Panel Debate & Launch of the Ocean Atlas
In June 2017, an Oceans Conference was convened by the United Nations for the first time, inviting governments and stakeholders to develop strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans. On that occasion, the Heinrich Böll Foundation together with Geomar Institute launched an Ocean Atlas, which reveals facts and figures and seeks to stimulate more public engagement.
This panel, jointly hosted with the International Oceans Institute – South Africa (IOI-SA), will present the Ocean Atlas and invite experts and the audience to engage on challenges in South Africa and globally, as well as on a way forward to improve protection policies.
- Date: 17 October 2017 MORE INFO
Norway Science Week 2017: Registration now open!
You are cordially invited to join Team Norway and South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology for an exciting week in Pretoria and Cape Town on 4-8 December!
South Africa - Norway Science Week 2017 will follow up on last year’s successful precursor, Value Creation in Ocean Space; New Opportunities in the Blue Economy, and focus this year will be on Green Maritime. The objective is to explore opportunities for further cooperation between our two countries related to higher education, research, innovation and new business development. More information and on-line registration are available on www.teamnorway.co.za.
Science Forum South Africa is dedicated to igniting conversations about science that will promote open scientific research and innovation. Open science is the movement to make scientific research accessible to all levels of society. More information and on-line registration are available on www.sfsa.co.za.
Please note that you will have to register twice if you want to spend the entire week with us. Also, please feel free to extend this invitation to anybody else who may be interested.