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Oceanographic Research Institute (South African Association for Marine Biological Research)

The Oceanographic Research Institute with in the South African Association for Marine Biological Research is based at uShaka Marine World in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Much of the work of the institute is focused on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It is also a leader in marine research in the Western Indian Ocean region, and has worked on projects in all of the countries and island states along Africa’s east coast.

The institute covers a number of areas of expertise and offers a range of marine science services which include scientific investigation, management advice, training and capacity building and consulting.


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South Africa has an impressive record of marine biological research in protected areas, but the country needs to pay greater attention to the human aspects. Doug Lang

Protected marine areas should serve nature and people: a review of South Africa’s efforts

The social, ecological and governance objectives of marine protected areas need to be understood to enhance benefits to both people and the environment.


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