South Africa National Heritage month is celebrated during September and with International Polar week falling in the same month, ALSA came up with a perfect “celebration slogan”: Celebrating South Africa’s Polar Heritage. ALSA will be celebrating South Africa’s Polar Heritage in collaboration with the JS Gericke Library, Stellenbosch University and Iziko Museum of South Africa, […]


See review below: I’d like to thank you for your efforts in keeping the ALSA website, especially the photo archives. I’m a post-doc researcher at the Nelson Mandela University, working on the health of seabirds at Marion Island and SANAE. Over the last few years (and even before then, when I was already working on […]

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On Thursday, 07 September 2017, the ship will depart for Gough Island, where she will leave the new overwintering team. The new team went through a few weeks of team training, involving firefighting, cooking classes, team building etc. (see team activity photos below). The team is now fully prepared for their 13 months on this […]

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From left Marthán Bester, Ria Olivier and Anché Louw tuck into the dessert course ALSA hosted one of ALSA Manager Ria Olivier’s excellent two-course office lunches this week when marine mammalogist Marthán Bester visited Stellenbosch University from Pretoria for a two-day session with over 700 of his slides taken on Gough and Marion Islands in years […]

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The South African Department of Environmental Affairs has the responsibility to manage the Prince Edward Islands (PEIs) as a Special Nature Reserve under the National Environment Management Protected Areas Act (NEMPAA 2013). According to NEMPAA 2013, the Department may establish an advisory committee to assist the Department with the management and conservation of the PEIs. […]


The full collection of expedition teams going down to South Africa’s Antarctic Research stations, since 1960 until 2016, are now available on our website. We encourage all previous expedition members to send us a higher resolution version of your team photos for archival purposes.   Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany […]

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South Africa has established a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) to help conserve marine biodiversity and support the sustainable use of its marine resources, including around its sub-Antarctic possessions, the Prince Edward Islands in the southern Indian Ocean in 2013 (click here). The South African Mint has this year commemorated the establishment of the […]

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Graduation day: Dom Rollinson outside the entrance to the FitzPatrick Institute on the University of Cape Town campus Dominic Rollinson has this month been awarded his Doctorate by the University of Cape Town (UCT) for his study of seabird bycatch by pelagic longliners in the waters surrounding South Africa. Dom’s thesis research was co-supervised by […]

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Peter Ryan on Stoltenhoff Island with Nightingale Island in the background.  Photograph by Norman Glass Peter Ryan, A-rated Director of the University of Cape Town’s Percy FitzPatrick Institute, has been awarded the Gilchrist Memorial Medal by the South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR).  Peter manages the Institute’s research on albatrosses and petrels […]

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The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) will be hosting a workshop to evaluate the means and methods of inclusion of the Prince Edward Island’s marine habitats and biodiversity into the 2018 National Biodiversity Assessment. This inclusion presents an opportunity to create an updated spatial understanding of marine biodiversity at the islands, and therefore an […]