Peter Ryan in his natural habitat: an uninhabited seabird island in the South Atlantic, photograph by Norman Glass Professor Peter Geoffrey Ryan, since 2014 Director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at South Africa’s University of Cape Town has been inducted into UCT’s prestigious College of Fellows at a ceremony and dinner held […]

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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. […]

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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 […]


The ALSA team outside the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies next to a bust of Roald Amundsen, first man at the South Pole Over 5-7 July the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa’s John Cooper, Anché Louw and Ria Olivier attended the “Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference” in […]

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An Invitation to All Antarctic Researchers Venue: Flex Space, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies Date & Time: Friday 7 July, 5:30-7:00 pm (following the “Depths and Surfaces” Conference) Drinks and nibbles supplied Purpose: To workshop a series of questions about stakeholders (both within and outside academia) in Antarctic research and the role of humanities […]

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Where:      Ilala Palm Lodge, 545 3rd Rd (corner Dr Swanepoel Rd), Montana, PRETORIA (see “Directions” below)  When:       Friday 23 June 2017 from @3pm till late Own cost:  Various excellent “braai” specials till @6pm (or A La Carte thereafter) e.g. 500g T-bone, pap, sous & salad @R55 (with double brandy & coke @R65) ** Drinks prices […]